SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011
Men’s rowing gets first season marker at Keuper Cup
The Dolphins may have had a rough start to the 2011 spring season but the JU men’s rowing team now has a good idea of where they stand heading into Spring Break Training after facing Temple and Florida Tech in the Keuper Cup, Saturday morning on Canal 54 in Fellsmere, Fla.

JU had three boats competing at the event (Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 4) as the Dolphins will look to take advantage of a rare early test against regular competitors in the Dad Vail Regatta.

“It was nice to finally get some racing under our belts after what seemed like a long season of winter training,” said JU head men’s coach Jim Mitchell. “The results weren’t exactly what we were hoping for, but we did get some valuable information on where we stand and what we need to do to reach our season long goals. For that reason, I would say it was a productive first race of what’s going to be our most competitive spring season in program history.”

The Varsity 8 with coxswain Tom Richards, Dylan Kosten, Richard Kelly, Greg VanOekel, Brian Cosmillo, Scott DelVecchio, Andy Davis, John Gerety and Kevin Friedlander finished second with a time of 6:20.1 behind Florida Tech (6:08.9) but ahead of Temple (6:20.7).

The Second Varsity 8 consisting of coxswain Jessica Mellinger, Matt Outlaw, Brad Miller, Chris Ottie, Bernard Vingilis, Preston Weinard, Jarod Low, Brian Tye and Parker Lawler tallied a mark of 6:29.0 behind Temple (6:22.0) in their head-to-head match.

The Varsity 4 with coxswain Anthony Magro, Marvin Leininger, Shane Kennedy, Andrew Manchester and Jesse Brantman finished with a 7:35.2 behind Florida Tech (7:02.0) and Temple (7:16.0).

The Dolphins will get into their Spring Break Training before competing in the Governor’s Cup on March 19 in Fellsmere, Fla.