FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011
Men’s rowing advances all three boats in first day of Dad Vail Regatta
Day one is in the books and all three of its entries took care of business as the JU men’s rowing team placed each boat in the semifinals of the prestigious Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

All three semifinals on Saturday can be viewed live through video streaming ( with Saturday’s final races available on ESPN3 beginning at 1 p.m.

The Men’s Varsity 8, Men’s Freshman 4 and Men’s Junior Varsity 8 each qualified for the semifinals from their respective heats in the 73nd annual regatta, which features more than 120 colleges and 3,300 rowers from the United States and Canada.

“All three boats had good races today and performed well,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “The semifinals tomorrow are always exponentially tougher than the heats, and this year's regatta may be the deepest I ever remember. The guys are excited to race but we will need to race at a higher level to advance to the finals.”

The Men’s Varsity 8 with coxswain Andrew Soloway, Dylan Kosten, Andy Davis, Scott Del Vecchio, Brian Cosmillo, Greg VanOekel, Kevin Friedlander, Brad Miller and Richard Kelly placed second in the sixth preliminary heat with time of 5:59.10, behind Drexel (5:57.48) but ahead of Rhode Island (6:10.56), Vermont (6:12.43), Ohio State (6:15.65) and Lehigh (6:20.98). The squad will compete in one of the three semifinals (10:30-10:40 a.m.). The top two finishers from each semifinal will then compete for the Aberdeen Trophy in the Final at 4:33 p.m. The rest of the semifinal participants will compete in the Second Final at 4:23 p.m.

The Men’s Freshman 4 consisting of coxswain Jessica Mellinger, Andrew Manchester, Shane Kennedy, Troy Troupe and Sean Carney placed second behind Michigan State but ahead of Duquesne, Emory and Binghamton. The squad will next compete in one of the three semifinals on Saturday (7:18-7:30 a.m.). The top two finishers from each semifinal will then compete for the Lindy Cup in the Final at 1:53 p.m.

The Men’s Junior Varsity 8 made up of coxswain Tom Richards, Chris Ottie, Matt Outlaw, John Gerety, Bernard Vingilis, Preston Weinard, Parker Lawler, Brian Tye and Jared Low placed third in the second heat with a mark of 6:25.23, behind Virginia (6:19.56) and Grand Valley (6:24.40) but ahead of Saint Josephs (6:26.78), Army (6:32.73) and Marist (6:37.90). The squad will next compete in one of the two semifinals (10:05-10:15 a.m.). The top three finishers from each semifinal will compete for the Ernie Bayer Trophy at 2:53 p.m.