TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011
Men’s Rowing announces 10 signees for 2011-12
After another successful season in 2010-11, JU head men’s rowing coach Jim Mitchell has announced that 10 student-athletes will join the program in the fall of 2011. The class represents five states, including local product Drew Allen from Episcopal High School.

"We are excited for these guys to come to Jacksonville University and join our men's rowing program,” said Mitchell. “All of these guys have great experience and have been well coached in their high school programs. They are all great students and athletes. I look forward to seeing these guys at the Negaard Rowing Center this fall, where I believe they will help us continue to get faster and stronger as a program."

Drew Allen
6-foot-4.5 / 215 pounds
Episcopal High School (Jacksonville Rowing Club)
Jacksonville, Fla.

Andrew Bechtold
6-foot-3 / 170 pounds
Mainland Regional High School
Somers Point, N.J.
NOTES: Sister, Stephanie, rowed with the JU women’s program from 2006-09.

Nick Duncan
6-foot / 160 pounds
Sarasota High School (Sarasota Crew)
Sarasota, Fla.
NOTES: Placed fourth at Youth Nationals in Varsity 8.

Andre Sander Paul Kleijn
5-foot-11 / 155 pounds
Pittsburgh Rowing Club
Oakmont, Pa. (St. Petersburg, Russia)
NOTES: Placed fifth in the Varsity Single at the 2011 US Rowing Youth National Championships…finished first in the Varsity Single at the 2011 Midwest Championship Regatta.

Mick Mayer
5-foot-10 / 145 pounds
Holy Spirit High School
Brigantine, N.J.
NOTES: Stroked Varsity 8 during senior year…coached by JU alum Brian Duffey.

Ryan "Chase" Rowe
6-foot-2 / 190 pounds
Sarasota Crew
Sarasota, Fla.
NOTES: Placed ninth in Varsity Pair at Youth Nationals.

Jeremy Sobiech
6-0 / 185 pounds
Westerville Crew
Westerville, Ohio
NOTES: Sister, Alison, is currently a senior with the JU women’s team and is entering her fourth season with the program…placed seventh in Varsity 4 at Youth Nationals.

Jacob Strauss
6-foot-1 / 173 pounds
Sarasota Crew
Matlacha, Fla.
NOTES: Placed ninth in Varsity Pair at Youth Nationals.

Matt Thomas
6-foot / 172 pounds
Gonzaga College High School
Washington, D.C.
NOTES: Sat in seven seat in Gonzaga’s Varsity 8 as a senior…stroked Gonzaga’s second varsity as a sophomore and junior.

David Waugh
5-foot-5 / 116 pounds
Holy Spirit High School
Somers Point, N.J.
NOTES: Coxed Varsity 8 during senior year…coached by JU alum Brian Duffey.