FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
JU men start training camp with Fellsmere race
Photo by Julie Whitcomb
Photo by Julie Whitcomb
Most college kids get an anticipated break during spring – hence, Spring Break. The Jacksonville University men’s rowing team gets a much anticipated training camp.

Prior to the camp, a yearly ritual for the hard-working rowers, the team will pack up and head to Canal 54 at Fellsmere, Fla., Saturday and The Governor’s Cup against Columbia University and Florida Tech.

Coxswain Tom Richards and his Varsity 8 crew of Scott Del Vecchio, Andy Davis, Greg VanOekel, Bernard Vingilis, Jeremy Sobiech, Brian Cosmillo, Chase Rowe and Matt Outlaw will get the Dolphins’ day under way with an 8:45 a.m. launch against Columbia Lightweight squad.

Next up, coxswain Andrew Soloway and the second Varsity 8 boat, with Chris Ottie, Jared Low, Parker Lawler, Shane Kennedy, Preston Weinard, Andrew Bechtold, Brian Tye and Sean Carney on board, will go against a second boat from Columbia Lightweight at 10:30 a.m.

The Freshman 8, David Waugh at coxswain with Tim Easterling, Matt Thomas, Drew Allen, Jacob Strauss, Chris Morgan, Jacob Motes, Stephen Marra and Shawn Macklefresh crewing, launches at 10:45 a.m. and the Richards boat gets a second race at 11 a.m., this time against the Columbia Heavyweights.

“We are looking forward to another week of high-level racing to gauge our improvements over last week,’’ coach Jim Mitchell said. “Columbia is consistently a top-level team in Heavyweight and Lightweight men’s rowing so we will have to race out best to compete.

This weekend’s racing should be agood start to our Spring Break Training Camp.’’

The Fellsmere course is in southern Brevard County where it meets Indian River County.