TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
Women’s Varsity 8 reaches Petite Final at 73nd annual Dad Vail Regatta
It’s not how you start but how you finish is the mantra of 2011 JU women’s rowing team as the Women’s Varsity 8 placed in the Petite Final of the prestigious Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta for the first time in over a decade, Saturday on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 73nd annual regatta, which features more than 120 colleges and 3,300 rowers from the United States and Canada, showcased 498 events and 19 different race categories.

“Dad Vail was successful for us in many ways,” said JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl. “It was the first time in over a decade that JU had a women’s Varsity 8+ make a final at Dad Vail, with this year being one of the toughest and deepest fields of competition the event has ever had. The leadership from the three seniors in the boat played a significant role in the success. Danielle Fournier, Jill Carmody and Jamie Goldstein really stepped up this year to lead a boat of true racers. Each race they rowed better and better all year, and throughout our season ending regatta. There was an equipment problem during the last race, which is part of the sport, and they handled the situation well and still had a strong race.

“The Novice 4 gained some good experience and had some strong racing. Coach Mulstay did a nice job with them and they will come in and contribute in the years to come!

The Women’s Varsity 8 with coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Jill Carmody, Whitney Mathews, Emily Close, Allison Sobiech, Jordyn Clary, Joanna Zachowski and Mary Mosier finished third in the fifth preliminary heat with a time of 7:00.19, behind Saint Josephs (6:49.63) and West Virginia (6:54.10), but ahead of Temple (7:01.58), Lehigh (7:13.32) and Eastern Michigan (7:15.49).

After qualifying in the repechage for the semifinals, the squad finished fourth with time of 7:03.33, behind Saint Josephs (6:54.43), Buffalo (6:56.21) and UConn (7:00.30), but ahead of Fordham (7:04.18) and George Mason (7:04.46). In the Petite Final, the squad placed seventh with a time of 7:04.56 behind Drexel (6:46.64), West Virginia (6:49.36), UConn (6:51.04), Dayton (6:56.65) and UMass (6:56.99).

The Women’s Novice 4 consisting of coxswain Jordan Heylock, Kelsey Carl, Marina Pelemis, Rebecca Clark and Maycee Dioneda finished second in the fifth preliminary heat with a time of 8:39.85, behind Fairfield (8:17.49) but ahead of Lehigh (8:43.24), Carnegie Mellon (8:43.40) and North Carolina State (8:44.10). In the semifinal, the squad placed sixth with a time of 8:39.51, behind Brock (7:55.63), Rochester (8:00.93), Bucknell (8:04.70), Vassar (8:17.26) and Ohio (8:38.41).

“The performance was better than last year in a very strong field. It shows that at JU, we are maximizing the resources we have and plan to continue to get faster. Next year we have a good recruiting class coming in. They have some big shoes to fill in the seniors we lost from the V8+. Overall, four seniors graduated from the program this year. The good news is that the incoming freshmen class has 2k’s equal to those of the returning rowers, which will give us a good deal of depth next year. The team will definitely miss its four seniors, but I’m very optimistic about next year as well.”