MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
JU season ends with strong showing at Dad Vail
The JU men’s and women’s rowing teams ended their seasons during the weekend and one of the men’s entries in the Dad Vail regatta came home 10th in its class after barely missing the final.

The men’s Varsity 8 finished second in its qualifying heat Friday on the 2,000-meter course down Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River and came up on .2 of a second short Saturday in the finale that had 118 boats in several classes.

The boat, with coxswain Andrew Soloway leading the crew of Matt Outlaw, Scott DelVecchio, Andy Davis, Greg VanOekel, Bernard Vingilis, Jeremy Sobiech, Brian Cosmillo and Chase Rowe, finished in 6:00.869 to be edged by Purdue (6:00.609) for a spot in the finals.

The Varsity 8 then turned around and wound up fourth in the petite final for a 10th overall.

“We were a little disheartened having gotten beat by two-tenths of a second,’’ coach Jim Mitchell said.

The JV 8 missed the final by a couple of positions as it was fifth but needed to finish in the top three in the semifinal. The JV 8 with coxswain Tom Richards, Preston Weinard, Andrew Bechtold, Tim Easterling, Jared Low, Chris Ottie, Shane Kennedy, Brian Tye and Sean Carney on board, was a mere 1.2 seconds out of moving on after finishing in 6:10.408.

The Freshman 8 boat improved its time by about 15 seconds between its heat and semifinal, but a fourth-place finish kept it from moving on. The boat, with David Waugh at coxswain with Jacob Strauss, Stephen Marra, Matt Thomas, Drew Allen, Jacob Motes, Chris Morgan, Shawn Macklefresh and Josh Holt as crew, clocked 6:20.964 in the semi.

The women’s Varsity 8 needed a second place in its heat but wound up fifth and finished the same position in its second chance race.

The boat had Savannah Rice at coxswain with Emily Close, Cat Plesko, Abby Sierigk, Whitney Mathews, Joanna Zachowski, Jordan Clary, Maycee Dioneda and Mary Mosier on board and finished in 7:09.415.

“We were a little disappointed in the way we finished (overall) but only because we had high expectations,’’ Mitchell said. “We have had a very successful season and I’d like to thank all of our seniors for giving their contributions to our program the last four years.’’