SATURDAY, APRIL 02, 2011
Men’s Varsity 8 completes first day at San Diego Crew Classic
With the first day of racing in the books on the West Coast, the Men’s Varsity 8 will compete in the Petite Final as JU men’s rowing made more history by racing in the 38th annual San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.

One of the premier spring regattas on the West Coast, the San Diego Crew Classic will features nearly 4,000 athletes from over 100 clubs, universities and colleges from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. For JU, the day marked the first time a Dolphin boat raced on the West Coast after receiving an invitation to compete.

“I thought we raced a great 1700 meters of the 2000 meter race course,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “But we had a little hiccup in our sprint and it was just enough to let the other crews walk on us. At this point of the season, we are going to call it a learning experience and see how the guys react. We still have a tough race tomorrow to prepare for, and hopefully, we can see some improvements.”

The Varsity 8 with coxswain Thomas Richards, Dylan Kosten, Richard Kelly, Scott DelVecchio, Brian Cosmillo, Greg VanOekel, Andy Davis, Brad Miller and Kevin Friedlander placed fourth with a time of 6:03.75 behind Stanford (5:56.0), Temple (6:01.11) and UC San Diego (6:01.57) but ahead of Northeastern (6:06.36).

The squad will compete in the Petite Final against Bucknell and Northeastern at 8:50 a.m. PT.

Race results can be found at crewclassic.org.