Rowing Team Rounds off Fall Season with 8 Medals

The Dolphins’ rowing team had a great showing this past weekend at the FIRA Fall Classic in Fellsmere, Fla. The men’s and women’s teams walked away with a total of eight medals to finish off their fall season.

On the men’s side, the Novice/Freshman 8 dominated the field, beating the rest of the field by 26 seconds. Freshman Angelo Santiago coxed the freshman crew of Andrew Stebbins, Ellis Harr, Garth Greene, Nathan Esterline, Scott Waitley, Tom Harrison, Anthony Rzepka and Chris Searcy to a gold medal finish.

In the Varsity 8 category, the Dolphins walked away with the silver and bronze medals, being beat only by Florida Tech. The Jckaonville University A boat finished second with senior Ben Hayes coxing the crew of senior Preston Weinard, junior Shane Kennedy, junior Scott Del Vecchio, senior Bernardas Vingilis, Greene, junior Brian Cosmillo, Waitley and Searcy.

The third place finish was by the JU B boat, coxed by sophomore David Waugh. sophomore Jeremy Sobiech, Harr, sophomore Tim Easterling, Esterline, sophomore Chase Rowe, junior Jared Low, Stebbins and junior Sean Carney rounded out that crew.

Later in the day, the Dolphins also snagged a bronze medal in the Varsity 4’s competition with Sobiech, Low, Rowe and Carney powering coxswain David Waugh to the finish.

On the women’s side, the freshman crew of Jenna Holt, Laura Stevenson, Chassidy White and Sydney Warpness propelled freshman coxswain Renee Pharis to a first place finish in the Novice 4 category. JU also entered a B boat in this event and missed a top five finish only by a few seconds.

Pharis also lead the freshman crew of Victoria Hernandez, Ashley Hirt, Julianna Welch, Stevenson, Holt, White, Fernandez and Warpness to a third place finish in the Novice 8 category.

Rounding out the girls medals was the Varsity 4 event with the crew of senior Emily Close, junior Jordyn Clary, junior Joanna Zachowski, senior Mary Mosier and coxed by senior Jordan Heylock, taking a third place finish.

The ladies also entered two boats into the Varsity 8 event, finishing fourth and ninth.

Both teams will be bundling up and preparing for the long, hard journey that is winter training for the next few months. Spring season begins on March 9 for both teams, when they will travel back to Canal 54 in Fellsmere, Fla. for the Kueper Cup.

Rowing Shows Well at Head of the Hooch

Illustrated By: Matthew Martin

The Head of the Hooch is a 5000 meter race on the Chattahoochee in Tennessee

Both the Jacksonville University men and women’s rowing teams made the eight hour drive to Chattanooga, Tenn. to compete in the 31st annual Head of the Hooch Regatta this past Saturday.

Jacksonville entered a total of 12 boats into the race between both the men’s and women’s sides and walked away with six finishes in the top five.

The men walked away with two silver medals in both the Championship 8 as well as the Novice 8, being beat only by the University of Virginia Rowing Association. The Novice 8 rowed their 5k in The Micasa with Freshman Angelo Santiago sitting in the coxwain’s seat. This boat was filled out with Garth Greene, Ellis Harr, Erik Fournier, Brian Whitenack, Scott Waitley, Tom Harrison, Tony Rzepka and Chris Searcy as crew, who are all freshman. The boat finished with a time of 15:44.5, only 17 seconds behind Virgina who took the gold. This marks the first time in eight years the JU Men’s Novice 8 did not receive gold in this event.

The men’s team also nabbed a second place medal in the Championship 8 event. Sophomore David Waugh coxed the crew of Sophomore Jeremy Sobiech, Freshman Nathan Esterline, Sophomore Tim Easterling, Junior Jared Low, Senior Preston Weinard, Junior Shane Kennedy,  Freshman Andrew Stebbins and Junior Sean Carney to finish with a time of 15:19.5, only 23 seconds off of the first place time.

Rounding off the men’s 8s, Junior Macee Dioneda in “Big Bob’’ coxed the Lightweight crew of Junior Josh Holt, Sophomore Jacob Strauss, Sophomore Stephen Marra, Junior Brian Tye, Freshman Phillip Mazzotta, Senior Pat Troupe, Freshman McCauley Langston and Junior Shawn Macklefresh to an eighth place finish, 1:19 behind the gold medalists.

On the other side of the boathouse, the women finished with three of their boats in the top 25. Freshman Monica Hakun coxed a crew of all freshman to end the race with a seventh place finish and a time of 20:30.3. Victoria Hernandez, Ashley Hirt, Jules Welch and Sydney Warpness filled out the crew of that 4.

“The JU’s Men’s team did well with two silvers and one bronze,” freshman Scott Waitley said. “Medals at The Hooch are not easy to get, considering all the competitors. We came second behind UVA, so they are the motivation for the upcoming season, but for now we are working on flowing together to row as well as we can, across all boats we put out.”

Both the men and women will travel to Canal 54, a giant ditch in Fellsmere, Fla. to compete in the FIRA fall classic this weekend.

Men’s Rowing at FIRA’s Steams Ahead

Photo by Lorna Kelso

The Jacksonville University Men’s Rowing Team competed in the State Collegiate Rowing Championships this past weekend. The regatta was hosted by the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) at Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. The crew team won FIRA’s for the sixth consecutive year. The Dolphins took home the FIRA’s Men’s Point Trophy with a total of 105 points but missed the FIRA’s Overall Points Trophy by 5 points to Nova Southeastern University.

The Dolphins won all of the Varsity 8’s races and won one out of two of the Varsity 4’s races. All races took place on a 2,000-meter course.

The Varsity 8 raced the “Micasa” with Andrew Soloway as coxswain. The V 8 took first after beating Rollins College by 4.7 seconds, and Georgia took third. The lineup stern to bow was Matt Outlaw, Scott DelVecchio, Andy Davis, Greg VanOekel, Bernard Vingilis, Jeremy Sobiech, Brian Cosmillo and Chase Rowe.

The Junior Varsity 8 raced the “Big Bob” with Tom Richards as coxswain. The JV 8 also took first after beating University of Florida by 26.8 seconds. Georgia Tech University took third.

The Freshman 8 finished first and ahead of Rollins by 3.2 seconds. They also finished ahead of Georgia Tech, UF, Florida State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The Varsity 4 beat seven schools to come in first. The V 4 finished ahead of GA Tech, UF, Rollins, University of Tampa, Stetson University, FSU and ERAU.

The Freshman 4 was less fortunate than the V 4. The Freshman 4 hit something under water and broke the skeg, which led to the loss of control of the boat. They did not finish the race but had potential before the unforeseen circumstance arose.

The men’s crew team will compete at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta this weekend, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Rowing Has a Strong Weekend at Murphy Cup

Photo by Lorna KelsoThis past weekend on Saturday March 26, the Men’s Rowing team participated at the Murphy Cup Regatta. The JU Varsity 8 squad took on a field of 20 on the Schuylkill River, and faired pretty well during the event. They received the bronze, as they took home third place and added to the already healthy trophy collection JU boasts. In the past JU has come away from this competition with a win in the last two seasons. The third place finish was impressive and JU plans to build on this outing, according to JU men’s head coach Jim Mitchell.

“Third is not a bad result against this competition but we’re not happy with it, we can accept it as long as we look to make improvements and learn from this race experience,” Jim Mitchell said.

The men who competed in the Varsity 8 were: coxswain Andrew Soloway, Andy Davis, Scott Del Vecchio, Richard Kelly, Greg VanOekel, Brian Cosmillo, Dylan Kosten, Kevin Friedlander and Brad Miller. This squad pieced together a first place finish in its first heat with a time of 5:57.00. In the Final is where they placed third with a 5:58.26 mark, trailing University of Virginia and Temple University. The Men get back at it April 2 in San Diego, California.
The Women’s rowing team also participated at the prestigious Murphy Cup Regatta. This was one of the harder fields that the ladies will face all year and they definitely held their own. For the first time since JU started attending the Murphy Cup, the Varsity 8 earned a spot in the finals.

JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl was pleased with the results.

“The racing went well and they rowed very strong races, and the competition was a great measure to show us where we still need to go as a program,” said Kris Muhl

The Varsity 8 for the women consisted of: coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Whitney Mathews, Jill Carmody, Abby Sierigk, Allison Sobiech, Mary Mosier and Joanna Zachowski. This squad placed third in both the initial heat and in the Petite Final with times of 6:43.32 and 7:02.49 respectively. In the final they finished behind Colgate University, and George Mason University.

“We worked well as a team and never gave up, we just plan to train harder, and get faster for future races,” senior Jill Carmody said.

The women plan to build off this weekends work in their next outing April 8 in Sarasota, Florida.

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