SUNDAY, APRIL 03, 2011
Men’s Varsity 8 ends its historic run at San Diego Crew Classic
After soaking in sun rays from the opposite end of the country, the Men’s Varsity 8 ended JU’s historic run in the 38th annual San Diego Crew Classic by finishing in the Petite Final, Sunday at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.

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

“We put together a good race today but just weren't as fast as we would have liked to have been,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “I must say that the San Diego Crew Classic is one of the classiest regattas I've ever seen. We are so thankful to have been invited to this event.”

In the first day of competition, 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 in its heat for the Copley Cup (the premier event at the San Diego Crew Classic) with a time of 6:03.75 behind Stanford (5:56.00), Temple (6:01.11) and UC San Diego (6:01.57) but ahead of Northeastern (6:06.36).

In the Petite Final, the squad placed third with a time of 6:16.41 behind Northeastern (6:07.90) and Bucknell (6:09.38). Reigning national champion Cal won the Copley Cup with a mark of 5:54.90, ahead of Stanford (5:57.75), Michigan (6:08.24), Oregon State (6:11.10), UC San Diego (6:13.20) and Temple (6:14.46).

Race results can be found at crewclassic.org.

The JU men and women will now combine efforts as the Dolphins defend their state titles at the FIRA State Championship on April 8 in Sarasota, Fla.