SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Men’s rowing makes progress at Governor’s Cup
With Spring Training Camp in its rear view mirror, the JU men’s rowing team will take momentum into the heart of the 2011 Spring Season after a good showing in the Governor’s Cup, Saturday on Canal 54 in Fellsmere, Fla.

JU had three boats competing in four events (Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, Freshman/Novice 8) as the Dolphins showed progress from last week’s Keuper Cup. The event was hosted by the Florida Institute of Technology and will also feature men’s crews from Philadelphia and Columbia (who’s Men’s Varsity 8 ranked No. 10 in the nation last year).

“After a very productive training camp during spring break, I think we raced pretty well today although the order of the finish times may not show it,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “We definitely showed technical and strategic improvements in our racing compared to last week. We set up a very challenging race schedule this year to learn from racing fast crews. I think we learned a lot from the past two weekends.”

The V8 consisting of coxswain Andrew Soloway, Andy Davis, Scott Del Vecchio, Richard Kelly, Greg VanOekel, Brian Cosmillo, Dylan Kosten, Kevin Friedlander and Brad Miller finished behind Columbia’s Lighweight squad and ahead of Philadelphia, but the Dolphins were awarded first place due to the referee’s decision (interference). No times were taken during the race.

The Second V8 with coxswain Dan Moore, Matt Outlaw, John Gerety, Chris Ottie, Bernard Vingilis, Preston Weinard, Parker Lawler, Brian Tye and Jesse Brantman placed third with a mark of 6:17.7 behind Columbia (6:02.8) and Columbia’s Lightweight squad (6:14.6).

The F/N8 made up of coxswain Ben Hayes, Marin Leininger, Jarod Law, Sean Carney, Shane Kennedy, Troy Troupe, Ricky Banach, Joaquin Black and Andrew Manchester placed third with a mark of 6:52.7 behind Columbia (5:59.3) and Columbia’s Lightweight squad (6:09.4).

The V8 coxswain Jessica Mellinger, Parker Lawler, Scott Del Vecchio, Richard Kelly, Greg VanOekel, Brian Cosmillo, Dylan Kosten, Kevin Friedlander and Brad Miller placed second with a mark of 6:17.8 behind Columbia (6:03.8).

The Dolphins will next compete in the Mayor’s Cup on March 26 in Philadelphia, Pa.