SARASOTA, Fla. – If history repeats itself on Saturday, the Jacksonville University men’s rowing program will return home with some hardware. The two-day Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association conference met begins on Friday, April 4 and as the defending champion, all eyes will be on the Dolphins as they look to capture their eighth consecutive title.
"I believe this will be one of our toughest years defending our championship," said Head Coach Montia Rice. "There are multiple teams that have increased in talent and speed over the years- making this one of the more competitive fields FIRA’s has had. FIRA more so then ever will test every level of our teams speed and for us to win the team trophy we will need to bring our A game to each event. I believe the team is ready for the challenge and looks forward to put their mark on this year’s race."
At last year’s regatta, the Dolphins commanded the water with first-places finishes in the Varsity Eight, Junior Varsity Eight, Freshmen Eight, Junior Varsity Four and Freshmen Four. With the five victories and other subsequent finishes, the men’s team earned the title with 120 points.
"It has been almost a month since our last race and we are excited
to see what the guys can do. We have continued to progress and gain
speed since we last raced early march. The key will be to bring that
speed to the race course."
Friday’s qualifying heats are set to start at 3 p.m. with the finals starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. The men’s first race will be at 4:10 on April 4 with the Novice 4 taking on Georgia Tech’s A and B boats and Embry-Riddle.
Following the FIRA regatta, the men will head to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete in Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship on April 18.