Rowing opens fall season in fine fashion at First Coast Head Race
Senior captain Tyler Humphrey earned a gold medal with the Championship 8
Senior captain Tyler Humphrey earned a gold medal with the Championship 8 "A" and the Championship 4 "A" on Saturday.
The JU rowing teams got off to a good start to the 2009-10 season as the Dolphins took home nine medals at the 21st annual First Coast Head Race, Saturday on the St. Johns and Arlington Rivers.

Among the nine medals (six men, three women), the Dolphin brought home first place finishes by the Men’s Championship 8 “A”, Men’s Championship 4 “A” and Women’s Championship 4 “A.”

“It was an encouraging start to the season,” said JU head men’s coach Jim Mitchell. “For the first time, JU had five 8’s racing on the men’s side and each of them won medals. I was happy to see our Varsity 8’s sweep the top three positions being so early in the season. We still have a lot of work to do to achieve our ambitious goals for the season, but today’s job was done well.”

“Today was a good gauge for us to see where we are,” said head women’s coach Kris Muhl, who is entering his first season with the program. “We have made several technical changes and most of those changes have become engrained fairly well so far. With nearly all the members of the Varsity 8 having an outstanding run in the 4’s events, they put in an outstanding effort and had a fairly solid row at the end. It is a good start to the year and we plan to continue to emphasize the technical points while working on fitness – I think that will put us in a strong position in the Spring.”

The Men’s Championship 4 “A” consisting of coxswain Dan Moore, Erich Negaard, Sebastian Kuhn, Tyler Humphrey and Dylan Kosten placed first with a time of 17:40.0 ahead of Florida “A” (18:15.0) and UCF “A” (18:22.0). The Champ 4 “C” made up of coxswain Andrew Soloway, Isaac LaCount, Isaiah LaCount, Greg VanOekel and Art Pareene placed fourth with a time of 18:34.0 and the Champ 4 “B” with coxswain Anthony Magro, Rich Kelly, Kevin Friedlander, John Gerety and Parker Lawler finished fifth with a mark of 18:39.0 ahead of UCF “B” (18:44.0), Florida “B” (19”06.0) and Florida State (20:03.0).

The Women’s Championship 4 “A” with coxswain Leigh Taylor, Jenna Barker, Jill Carmody, Emily Close and Danielle Fournier took home gold with a mark of 20:10.0 ahead of Orlando Rowing Club (20:46.0). The Champ 4 “B” consisting of coxswain Michalea Kachadoorian, Allison Sobiech, Brooke Reemsnyder, Morgan McTiernan and Abby Sierigk got the bronze with a time of 21:04.0 and the Champ 4 “C” made up of coxswain Carolyn Barquist, Kelly Burke, Karly Greer, Brittany Cahan and Jenna Mathis placed fourth with a mark of 21:20.0 ahead of Nova Southeastern (21:28.0), Florida (22:50.0) and UCF (22:53.0).

The Men’s Championship 8 “A” with coxswain Tom Richards, Dylan Kosten, Tyler Humphrey, Sebastian Kuhn, Erich Negaard, Isaiah LaCount, Issac LaCount, Kevin Friedlander and John Gerety placed first with a mark of 15:20.0. The Champ 8 “B” made up of coxswain Dan Moore, Rich Kelly, Nick Spitzer, Tucker Smoot, Parker Lawler, Luke Bauman, Chris Barse, Wayne Reichard and Chris Ottie took home silver with a mark of 15:46.0. The Champ 8 “C” consisting of coxswain Emma Allen, Greg VanOekel, Art Pareene, Mike Vasaya, Adrian Perez-Siam, Dan Hutchinson, Pat Mahon, Danny Lang and Brandon Makrides pocketed the bronze with a time of 16:02.0 ahead of Florida (16:14.0) and UCF (17:01.0).

The Men’s Novice 8 “A” with coxswain Anthony Magro, Klayton Hahn, Andrew Lippert, Bernard Vingilis, Grant Mulkey, John Chambers, Hasan Oracius, Luka Vukadinovic and Joey Tosto finished second with a time of 19:18.0 behind Florida (18:23.0). The Novice 8 “B” consisting of coxswain Andrew Soloway, Korkies Cabrera, Evan Schnitker, Anatoly Kozorezov, Michael Esposito, Devin Walsh, Tony Ramo, Thomas Carroll and Shawn Carmical finished third with a mark of 19:37.0.

The Women’s Championship 8 made up of coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Jenna Barker, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Jill Carmody, Kelly Burke, Marina Arishina, Mary Mosier and Karly Greer ended the day with a bronze after finishing with an 18:20.0 behind Florida “A” (18:00.0) and Nova Southeastern (18:19.0) but ahead of Florida “B” (19:06.0) and UCF (19:33.0).

The Dolphins will now prepare for its annual Alumni Race on Saturday morning at the Negaard Rowing Center.