SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2010
Men’s Varsity 8 and JV 8 reach Grand Finals in second day of Dad Vail Regatta
After setting themselves up for a strong finish, Mother Nature had other ideas as the JU rowing program completed the second day of competition at the Dad Vail Regatta, Saturday 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 and Men’s Junior Varsity 8 each qualified for their respective Grand Final while the Women’s Varsity 8, Women’s Varsity 4 and Women’s Freshman 4 each competed in the semifinals. The course was affected by 40 mph winds throughout the day which made racing conditions difficult.

“The JU Men's V8 and JV8 did a great job making the finals, with both boats doing everything they needed to set them up for a chance at the medals,” said JU head coach Jim Mitchell. “The MV8 won their semifinal this morning in good fashion, and the JV8 had a barn burner of a race yesterday to get there. Unfortunately, the winds gusting up to 40 mph wreaked havoc on the course, but especially lanes 1 and 2, making it impossible for our boats to have even a chance to show their true speed. Lanes 1 and 2 came in last in almost every event this afternoon because of the way the wind was blowing. I feel really bad for our guys because they have worked extremely hard all season to get to the Dad Vail finals, but neither boat got the chance to finish the job. I don’t want to take anything away from our competitors and their results, but our results are not a true indicator of our speed, and we must move on. There is nothing we can do about Mother Nature and these things happen in an outdoor sport. “The Men's Varsity 8 will now wait to see if there is a chance for an IRA bid, and if not, we will race a Men's 4+ at the IRA's, which will be the first time for JU to attend the national championship event since 1975.”

”This has been a solid weekend for us with all three women's boats racing on the final day of the regatta,” said JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl. “In a year where we were committed to racing the eight, we have set a great standard for the future as the gap has shrunk significantly from Murphy Cup and SIRA's. The fours also had some very solid races, rowing and finishing strong. We focused all year on how we row, compete and practice and not worrying about the result. However, the results have come along nicely. Coach Metz has also done an outstanding job with the novices, which also bodes well for our future. In the end, we can't be more proud of how the team has done here this weekend.

”I also want to thank JU president Kerry Romesburg and our director of athletics Alan Verlander to supporting us all week. You don’t see many rowing programs that have their president and AD present for an entire weekend of competition.”

The Women’s Freshman 4 made up of coxswain Savannah Rice, Cassie MacLellan, Whitney Mathews, Molly Dutilly and Abby Sierigk placed fourth in the third semifinal with a time of 7:57.29 behind US Military Academy (7:47.54), UConn (7:48.32) and Purdue (7:55.80) but ahead of Old Dominion (8:01.95) and Northwestern (8:10.88).

The Women’s Varsity 4 with coxswain Leigh Taylor, Jenna Manis, Karly Greer, Morgan McTiernan and Candace Barber placed sixth in the third semifinal with a time of 7:52.02 behind Western Ontario (7:13.38), Northwestern (7:32.83), Villanova (7:33.91), UConn (7:45.91) and St. Josephs (7:47.32).

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 fifth in the Grand Final with a time of 7:45.23 behind Drexel (7:10.89), Marietta (7:12.65), Temple (7:23.65) and Emory (7:32.46) but ahead of Virginia (7:58.24).

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 sixth in the first semifinal with a time of 7:15.86 behind Purdue (6:52.21), St. Josephs (6:58.63), San Diego State (7:06.91), Delaware (7:09.73) and UMass (7:13.60).

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 third semifinal with a time of 6:04.76 ahead of Virginia (6:06.69), Fordham (6:07.23), Georgia Tech (6:16.40) and US Military Academy (6:22.56). In the Grand Final, the squad finished sixth with a time of 7:00.92 behind Brock (6:28.35), Delaware (6:34.67), FIT (6:38.94), Virginia (6:44.21) and Temple (6:44.40).

To see full results and see video clips on the new Dad Vail TV, log onto dadvail.org.