SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011
Men’s Varsity 8 reaches Grand Final in last day of Dad Vail Regatta
With the conclusion of the 2011 season, the men’s Varsity 8 went out in style by reaching the Grand Final in a tremendously strong field as the JU men’s rowing team complete the final day of the prestigious Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

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 first day of the 73nd annual regatta, which features more than 120 colleges and 3,300 rowers from the United States and Canada. The MV8 has now reached a final race at the event for four straight years.

“We are so happy with the way all of our guys raced today,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “Each boat represented Jacksonville University in a proud way.”

“The Varsity 8 had an amazing race in the semi-finals to advance to the Grand Finals. This is never an easy task, but it was extremely hard this year with such a deep field of competition. I think the only people who thought we would make it there was us, but we raced our best and made it. The Grand Finals were super fast, and we were in the race the whole time, but came up just short to finish sixth.

“I am very proud of all the guys, but especially our five seniors (Dylan Kosten, Kevin Friedlander, John Gerety, Rich Kelly, and Anthony Magro). These guys have contributed so much to our program over the last four years, but the program will continue to grow because of what they did during their time at JU.”

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).

In the semifinal, the squad placed second with a time of 5:58.88, behind Williams (5:57.45), but ahead of Temple (6:00.75), Purdue (6:06.37), Michigan State (6:08.12) and Marietta College (6:19.01). In the Aberdeen Trophy Final, the squad placed sixth with a time of 5:56.76 behind Michigan (5:48.05), FIT (5:50.97), Delaware (5:51.66), Virginia (5:52.33) and Williams (5:56.76).

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.

In the semifinal the squad placed fifth with a time of 7:23.43, behind Villanova (7:03.94), Michigan (7:07.96), Rhode Island (7:17.41) and Fordham (7:20.13), but ahead of Georgia Tech (7:45.07).

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).

In the semifinal, the squad placed fifth with a mark of 6:29.25, behind Michigan (6:11.11), Delaware (6:13.42), Purdue (6:14.92) and Grand Valley (6:17.29), but ahead of Washington College (6:37.78).