FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2010
Rowing has five boats advance after the first day of Dad Vail Regatta
A full season of preparation has apparently paid off for the JU rowing program as five-of-six boats advanced to Saturday’s race schedule after completing the first day of competition at the Dad Vail Regatta, Friday on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 72nd annual regatta features more than 120 colleges and 3,300 rowers from the United States and Canada.

The Men’s Varsity 8, Women’s Varsity 8, Women’s Varsity 4 and Women’s Freshman 4 will compete in their respective semifinals on Saturday with the Men’s Junior Varsity 8 qualifying for the Grand Finals.

The Men’s Varsity 4 with coxswain Andrew Soloway, Chris Ottie, Art Pareene, Luke Bauman and Nick Spitzer failed to qualify for the semifinals after placing fifth in the sixth preliminary heat with a time of 6:45.18 behind Dayton (6:29.66), Middlebury (6:31.25), Chicago (6:39.37) and Delaware (6:42.74) but ahead of Stony Brook.

The Women’s Varsity 4 with coxswain Leigh Taylor, Jenna Manis, Karly Greer, Morgan McTiernan and Candace Barber placed third in the fifth preliminary heat with a time of 7:34.33 behind UMass (7:21.31) and UNC (7:29.71) but ahead of Temple (7:37.90), Penn State (8:06.25) and Scranton (8:33.45). The squad will move on to the third semifinal on Saturday at 9 a.m. against St. Josephs, Northwestern, Villanova, Western Ontario and UConn. The top two from each semifinal will compete for the Margaret McNiff Trophy in the Final at 1:50 p.m.

The Men’s Varsity 8 with coxswain Tom Richards, Dylan Kosten, Eric Negaard, Issac LaCount, Isaiah LaCount, Sebastian Kuhn, Andy Davis, John Gerety and Tyler Humphrey placed first in the fourth preliminary heat with a time of 5:50.66 ahead of Purdue (5:51.66), Washington College (6:08.99), Michigan State (6:10.54), Loyola (6:11.91) and Vermont (6:19.62). The squad will compete in the third semifinal on Saturday at 10:05 a.m. against Georgia Tech, Fordham, Virginia and the US Military Academy. The top two finishers from each semifinal will then compete for the Richard O’Brien Trophy in the Final at 3:20 p.m. The rest of the semifinal participants will compete in the Second Final at 3:10 p.m.

The Women’s Varsity 8 with coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Allison Sobiech, Danielle Fournier, Jenna Barker, Jill Carmody, Kelly Burke, Marina Arishina, Emily Close and Mary Mosier placed third in the second preliminary heat with a time of 6:58.35 behind Buffalo (6:48.48) and Deleware (6:53.53) but ahead of Marist (7:11.84), Middlebury (7:19.42) and Marquette (7:57.70). In the second Repecharge Heat, the squad finished second with a time of 7:07.64 behind Vermont (7:07.57) but ahead of Drake (7:14.35), George Mason (7:28.38) and Ohio (8:05.26). The squad will next compete in the first semifinal at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday against UMass, Delaware, Purdue, St. Josephs and San Diego State. The top two finishers from each semifinal will then compete in the Aberdeen Final at 3 p.m. The rest of the semifinal participants will compete in the Second Final at 2:50 p.m.

The Women’s Freshman 4 made up of coxswain Savannah Rice, Cassie MacLellan, Whitney Mathews, Molly Dutilly and Abby Sierigk placed first in the third preliminary heat with a time of 8:14.80 ahead of Lowell (8:38.50), New Jersey College (9:50.65) and Iona (scratch). The squad will compete in the third semifinal at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday against UConn, the US Military Academy, Purdue, Old Dominion and Northwestern. The top two from each semifinal will compete in the Final at 10:10 a.m.

The Men’s Junior Varsity 8 consisting of coxswain Dan Moore, Wayne Reichard, Kevin Friedlander, Greg VanOekel, Rich Kelly, Jake Ruffolo, Adrian Perez-Siam, Tucker Smoot and Parker Lawler finished third in the first preliminary heat with a time of 6:20.68 behind Temple (6:18.61) and Marietta (6:19.90) but ahead of Delaware (6:23.10) and Purdue (6:24.63). The squad will compete for the Ernie Bayer Trophy in the Final on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. against Virginia, Temple, Drexel, Marietta and Emory.

To follow results at the conclusion of each heat, view race heats for the final day of competition on Saturday and see video clips on the new Dad Vail TV, click on dadvail.org.