Hooch has women in action plan
The Jacksonville University women’s rowing fall season came to an end at the Head of the Hooch regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn., during the weekend and the team’s plan to evaluate progress made was a success.

The women entered five boats in the competition and finished with a variety of results.

The highest place craft was the Women’s Championship 8 boat with Savannah Rice, Emily Close, Whitney Mathews, Joanna Zachowski, Jordyn Clary, Allison Sobiech, Abby Sierigk, Cassie MacLellan and Mary Mosier aboard. They finished 22nd in a strong field on the Tennessee River in 17:42.8.

Coach Kris Muhl has been pleased by the progress his team has made and was using the Hooch regatta and a gauge for improvement.

“The Hooch, for us, was great race to attend and looking at the results, it is clear that we have work to do team wide ‘’ Muhl said. “Our goal has been, and continues to be, to improve how we row and squeeze every bit of power out of each stroke any time we are on the water.’’

Muhl said the regatta was somewhat an uphill battle, but, helpful nonetheless.

“It was a bit of a David vs. Goliath,’’ he said. “There are no sub-divisions in Division I women’s rowing, however, we still have to be competitive at the highest level. Going to the Hooch was the best way for us to see where we are while continuing with our training plan.’’

The plan continues to evolve and there is plenty of help.

“We have a top notch strength coach and great athletic trainer to help us along the way,’’ he said. “It’s never a good feeling when you leave a race without a W but there were some positives that came from the regatta; we know where we stand and will continue to improve. I’m confident the student –athletes will use this as motivation as we head into breaks.

Muhl and his team will have several months to work on their plan as the spring schedule begins in March.