Plenty of seconds in JU opener
The JU men’s rowing team was shut out in its first race of the season at Hontoon State Park against Stetson and Temple here Saturday.

The Varsity 8 boat, with Andrew Soloway, Scott DelVecchio, Brian Cosmillo, Greg VanOekel, Bernard Vingilis, Jeremy Sobiech, Andy Davis, Chase Rowe and Matt Outlaw aboard, finished second to Temple in its race.

In the JV8, Temple again took the win with the Dolphins’ JV second and the JU freshman third.

Tom Richards, Chris Ottie, Jared Low, Parker Lawler, Shane Kennedy, Preston Weinard, Andrew Bechtold, Brian Tye and Sean Carney were aboard the JV 8 while the Freshman 8 had David Waugh at coxswain with Tim Easterling, Matt Thomas, Drew Allen, Jacob Strauss, Stephen Marra, Jacob Motes, Josh Holt and Shawn Macklefresh aboard.

Temple edged the Dolphins in the Men’s 4+ which Ben Hayes at coxswain with Easterling, Thomas, Chris Morgan and Bechtold.

In the men’s pair Troy Troupe and Jesse Brantman were second to Stetson.

“Although the results aren’t what we desired, I think we had a productive first race of the season,’’ coach Jim Mitchell said. “We’ll find out if it was productive based on the improvements we make in the upcoming week.’’

Mitchell said the team will start redirecting its focus.

“Up to this point, our main focus has been on gaining fitness and improving rowing technique,’’ he said. “We still have a couple of weeks before our spring break training camp where we will really get into the racing strategies.’’

The Dolphins travel to Fellsmere, Fla., Saturday for the Governor’s Cup before heading to the spring camp.