Men’s Championship 8 wins gold at the Head of the Hooch
Senior captain Tyler Humphrey and the Championship 8 tallied gold to lead a six medal tally by JU.
Senior captain Tyler Humphrey and the Championship 8 tallied gold to lead a six medal tally by JU.
The Men’s Championship 8 made a statement to the rowing community and the rest of the program followed suit as the JU rowing teams took home six medals at the Head of the Hooch Regatta, Saturday on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn.

JU, which tallied nine medals in its opening weekend at the First Coast Head Race, added six more to its tally as six-of-seven men’s boats finished with three gold (Championship 8, Freshman 8, Freshman 4), one silver (Lightweight 8) and two bronze (Championship 4 “A”, Lightweight 4).

"This was a big event and our guys raced well against some tough competition,” said JU men’s head coach Jim Mitchell. “JU hasn't won the Men's Championship 8 event at the Hooch in a long time, but we showed we have the talent and ability to be a strong boat. From the Champ 8 to the Freshman 4, we also showed that we have good depth throughout the team. The men medaled in every event we entered for the second straight year, which is a big feat at this regatta. It was great to also see the Lightweights and Freshmen show they are fast."

The Dolphin women had three boats competing on the day (Championship 8, Championship 4 “A” & “B”) and placed well in a strong field and a multitude of entries (33 in the V8, 40 in the V4). "The race was a good one for us because we showed improvement from the First Coast Head Race," said JU women's head coach Kris Muhl. "The overall finish of the eights is one indicator of the race, but I don't think it represents what the team accomplished since our opening weekend. Looking at the margins gives a much better indication of where our team is and, in that light, we're right in the mix and very close to some big name programs.

"In the fours, we went in to race against each-other since they had limited time in their line-ups. It was good to see rowers and coxswains react well in the unrehearsed situation and I think we are in a good place right now. There are a lot of good and exciting things happening with the team and next weekend will be another bench mark to see how things are progressing."

The Men’s Lightweight 4 consisting of coxswain Anthony Magro, Rich Kelly, Nick Spitzer, Wayne Reichard and Parker Lawler finished third with a time of 15:01.3 behind Ohio State (14:52.5) and Emory (14:58.7) but ahead of Old Dominion (15:20.3), UCF (15:33.8), Clemson “A” (15:39.3), Georgia Tech (15:44.2), UNC (15:55.2), Dayton (15:59.7) and Clemson “B” (16:53.4).

The Men’s Freshman 4 with coxswain Emma Allen, Greg VanOekel, Adrian Perez-Siam, Jake Ruffalo and Art Pareene placed first with a time of 15:34.9 ahead of Tennessee (16:38.9), Stetson (16:42.0) and Texas (16:50.9).

The Men’s Championship 8 with coxswain Dan Moore, Dylan Kosten, Erich Negaard, Sebastian Kuhn, Isaac LaCount, Isaiah LaCount, John Gerety, Kevin Friedlander and Tyler Humphrey finished first with a mark of 13:25.3 ahead of Georgia Tech (13:30.1), Ohio State (13:47.9), Oklahoma City (13:50.9), UNC “A” (13:57.0), Emory (13:58.0), Texas (14:00.7), Florida (14:03.4), Alabama (14:17.4), UNC “B” (14:31.0), Dayton (14:33.3) and Rollins (14:36.9).

The Women’s Championship 8 made up of coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Emily Close, Mary Mosier, Jenna Barker, Danielle Fournier, Kelly Burke, Jill Carmody, Allison Sobiech and Karylina Greer finished 23rd out of 33 entries with a time of 15:22.4.

The Men’s Lightweight 8 with coxswain Andrew Soloway, Rich Kelly, Nick Spitzer, Tucker Smoot, Parker Lawler, Danny Lang, Chris Barse, Wayne Reichard and Brandon Makrides placed second with a mark of 14:06.3 behind Georgia Tech (14:04.5) but ahead of UNC (15:18.7) and Clemson (16:14.3).

The Men’s Freshman 8 with coxswain Emma Allen, Greg VanOekel, Adrian Perez-Siam, Jake Ruffalo, Art Pareene, Bernard Vingilis, Bryan Tye, Danny Lang and Pat Mahon finished first with a time of 14:18.2 ahead of UNC (14:34.8), Texas (15:25.9) and Georgia Tech (16:18.1).

The Men’s Championship 4 “A” consisting of coxswain Tom Richards, Erich Negaard, Sebastian Kuhn, Tyler Humphrey and Dylan Kosten placed third with a time of 15:09.3 behind Atlanta Rowing Club (14:45.4) and Florida (15:02.7) but ahead of Ohio State (15:11.6), Emory (15:13.0), Texas “A” (15:14.2), Dayton (15:19.9), UNC “B” (15:24.9), Oklahoma City (15:26.5), Texas “B” (15:37.7), Murray State (15:44.7), UNC “A” (16:04.3), the Men’s Championship 4 “B” with coxswain Anthony Magro, Luke Bauman, Chris Ottie, Dan Hutchinson and Mike Vasaya (16:11.5), Rollins “A” (16:14.3), Rollins “B” (16:31.5) and Tulane (18:03.7).

The Women’s Championship 4 “A” with coxswain Michaela Kachadorian, Jenna Manis, Brooke Reemsnyder, Morgan McTiernan and Mary Mosier placed 33rd with a time of 17:31.6 and the Women’s Championship “B” made up of coxswain Carolyn Barquist, Emily Close, Jill Carmody, Brittany Cahan and Abby Sierigk placed 38th with a mark of 17:59.3 out of 40 entries.

The Dolphins will complete the fall portion of their schedule in the Head of South on Saturday in Augusta, Ga.