He’s going to observe and assess. Rice has seen hard work from his team this fall and now will get a better idea of where they stand in the rowing world.
“We are looking forward to the Hooch this year to find out where we stand amongst our competitors,’’ Rice said. “The guys have been working hard not just on fitness, but on skill level as well and are ready test their speed against competition other than themselves. This will be a great opportunity to see the depth of our program with us having a freshman eight, lightweight eight , and a championship eight all racing.’’
The two-day event begins Saturday on the Tennessee River.
JU has six boats entered in the competition with the Lightweight 4s starting the action early.
Junior Maycee Dioneda will be one of the few females at coxswain as she heads the 4s with Jacob Strauss, Brian Tye, Josh Holt and Stephen Marra on board.
Dioneda will see later action in the Lightweight 8s as she will lead “Big Bob’’ and the crew of Holt, Strauss, Marra, Tye, Phillip Mazzotta, Pat Troupe, McCauley Langston and Shawn Macklefresh on the 5,000-meter course.
Team youngsters will get their first Hooch action in the Novice 8 boat, Micasa. Angelo Santiago will be at coxswain with Garth Greene, Ellis Harr, Erik Fournier, Brian Whitenack, Scott Waitley, Tom Harrison, Tony Rzepka and Chris Searcy as crew.
The Championship 8 boat will be headed by sophomore David Waugh who will have Jeremy Sobiech, Nathan Esterline, Tim Easterling, Jared Low, Preston Weinard, Shane Kennedy, Andrew Stebbins and Sean Carney on board.
The Dolphins have two Championship 4 entries in the regatta.
Waugh will head the A boat with Sobiech, Esterline, Weinard and Low as crew and Ben Hayes will coxswain the B boat with Troy Troupe, Andrew Bechtold, Chris Morgan and Drew Allen on board.