SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
Bad conditions don't put a damper on rowing alumni weekend
The JU rowing program hosted its annual Alumni Race on Saturday, unfortunately, the wind and the St. Johns River did not cooperate leaving the festivities to be held on shore.
Without races on the river, the celebration moved indoors where the group were addressed by JU director of rowing Jim Mitchell and former rower and benefactor Brad Negaard.
"We had a good turn out but unfortunately, the water was a little rough", said Mitchell. "We ended up coming inside and had a nice get together during breakfast. We had rowing alums from every decade, including Tommy Entenza, who rowed in the first ever boat to race for JU. We also had Todd Watt, a tough rower from the 60's, and Brad Negaard, whose family has been instrumental in the excellence of JU rowing.
"Our alumni mean everything to our program. Their time as rowers for Jacksonville University has set the history and traditions that we operate off of today. These alumni give our team the opportunities to excel that many student-athletes don't get. The Negaard Rowing Center was filled with very proud Dolphins this morning, and it was a very inspirational time for the team."
JU will take a few weeks off before competing in the Head of the Hooch on Nov. 7 in Chattanooga, Tenn.