SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
Men’s Novice Lightweight 4 wins gold at SIRA Regatta
The Freshman Lightweight 4 took home gold at the SIRA Regatta.
The Freshman Lightweight 4 took home gold at the SIRA Regatta.
Taking momentum from last week’s state championship, the JU men’s rowing team placed second in overall points, second in the men’s point trophy while the Novice Lightweight 4 took home gold at the Southeast Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta on Saturday and Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

“We had a great weekend of racing against the deepest field of competition I have ever seen at SIRAs,” said JU men’s head coach Jim Mitchell. “The Freshmen Lightweight 4 started off the day with a commanding win, and the JV and Varsity 8’s raced well with top five finishes against the fastest Dad Vail crews. Finishing second overall, as a team at this level of racing, shows that we are doing things the right way.”

The Junior Varsity 8 with coxswain Tom Richards, Matt Outlaw, John Gerety, Chris Ottie, Bernard Vingilis, Preston Weinard, Parker Lawler, Brian Tye and Jared Low placed second in its initial heat with a time 6:31.9 behind St. Joseph’s (6:30.5) but ahead of Notre Dame (6:35.1) and Purdue (10:46 – breakage). However, the Dolphins earned a spot in the Grand Final by winning the Repechage with a mark of 6:10.8 ahead of North Carolina (6:16.7), Ohio State (6:24.2) and Texas (6:46.5). In the Grand Final, the squad placed fifth with a mark of 6:11.20 behind Virginia (5:56.90), UC San Diego (5:57.90), Temple (6:00.70) and George Washington (6:05.70) but ahead of St. Joseph’s (6:11.99).

The Varsity 8 made up of coxswain Andrew Soloway, Dylan Kosten, Rich Kelly, Scott DelVecchio, Brian Cosmillo, Greg VanOekel, Andy Davis, Brad Miller and Kevin Friedlander placed second in its initial heat with a time of 6:01.6 behind UC San Diego (5:58.4) but ahead of North Carolina (6:03.9), Texas, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. In the semifinal, the Dolphins earned a spot in the Grand Final by placing second with a mark of 5:50.1 behind Temple (5:47.9) but ahead of Notre Dame (5:53.8), Marietta (5:55.1) and Purdue (5:55.6). In the Grand Final, the squad placed fifth with a time of 6:11.61 behind Florida Tech (6:01.70), Temple (6:04.50), Virginia (6:05.60) and George Washington (6:07.44) but ahead of UC San Diego (6:13.04).

The Freshman/Novice Lightweight 4 with coxswain Jessica Mellinger, Andrew Manchester, Shane Kennedy, Troy Troupe and Sean Carney won its initial heat with a time of 6:56.4 ahead of Northwestern State (7:09.6), Georgia (7:16.8) and Clemson (7:19.1). In the Grand Final, the squad took home gold with a time of 7:13.80 ahead of Northwestern State (7:17.33), North Carlolina (7:24.18), Georgia (7:28.73), Florida State (7:36.65) and Emory (7:53.22).

The Dolphin men will next compete at the Dad Vail Regatta on April 30 in Philadelphia, Pa.