FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
Women’s Rowing Makes NCAA Debut


– The Jacksonville University women’s rowing program has accomplished so much this spring season. Win after win, Head Coach Jim Mitchell and his squad of 25 left marks that would forever be imprinted in program history. In a season that captured 13 race wins and numerous top-three finishes, the Dolphins crowned their “regular season” with their first MAAC Championship and an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division I Rowing Championships. On May 30- June 1, Jacksonville can be found competing against the nation’s best at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park.

“Our team goal, which we set during the first week of classes in September, was to win the MAAC Conference and race at the NCAA Championships,” said Mitchell. “We knew it was a possibility, but a long shot. We knew we had some dedicated returners and energetic freshmen this year, but we had no idea how dedicated they would be. We reached that goal with the combination of a really dedicated and energetic group of student-athletes, a coaching team of Coach Peterson and myself who worked tirelessly, the support of family, friends, and alumni, and a bit of luck mixed in.” 

“Our goal now is to represent JU, the MAAC Conference, and all who support us, at our highest level possible.” 

Twenty-two teams were selected to compete at the NCAA regatta and each of them will race two Varsity Eight crews and one Varsity Four boat. The top two boats in each heat will advance to semifinals. The remaining boats will compete at the repechage race on Friday afternoon, where the top two finishers will fill out the final semifinal spots. The top three boats in each semifinal heat will advance to the championship race.

“This is an experience that most collegiate rowers never get to live,” continued Mitchell. “We will be racing at the very highest level of collegiate women's rowing.  We know we are the lowest seeded team there, and it will be the fastest competition any of these women have ever seen. We are going to this championship race with the mindset of learning what we can, and finishing higher than our pre-competition seed.  We've reached one long-shot goal so far, why not another? Our motto since the conference championships has been "we are not scared to race anyone" and racing is exactly what we will do. We are more than just JU Rowing...we are JU Racing.”

“I am most excited for our five seniors, who get to wrap up their collegiate rowing careers at JU in the biggest way. They've had a lot of ups and downs  over the last four years, but it couldn't be any more rewarding for them than this. This will be an experience they never forget, and we will never forget them for their time.”

To follow the Dolphins in their quest for a national title, be sure to follow the event cohost, Indiana Sports Corp, who will be live tweeting results at @GameDayIndy and @IndSportsCorp.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Varsity Eight - (9:30 a.m.)
1. Northeastern
3. Princeton
4. California
5. Washington State
6. Jacksonville

Second Varsity Eight - (10:10 a.m.)
1. Northeastern
2. Indiana
3. Ohio State
4. California
5. Harvard
6. Jacksonville

Varsity 4 –(10:50 a.m.)
2.Notre Dame
3.Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
5. Louisville
6. Jacksonville