FRIDAY, APRIL 04, 2014
Rowing Leaves Mark in Day 1 of FIRA Championships

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men’s and women’s rowing programs completed day one of the FIRA Championships in high-fashion and will live to race another day. In need of top-three finishes in each of their five heats, the Dolphins crowned three first-place times and a pair of second placers and will advance to Saturday’s finals.   


The women’s Novice 4 boat was the first to row JU into the winner’s circle when they cruised across the finish line with a time of 7:53.4.

LINEUP: Lauren Whetzel(coxswain), Danielle Keeler, Victoria Tkacz, Veronika Stasaityte, Stefanie Keeler


Following the freshmen’s stellar outing, the women’s Varsity 4 crew posted a noteworthy performance of their own. Winning their heat by 8.9 seconds with a time of 7:42.2, the next closest boat, Georgia Tech, came in at 7:51.1 and Florida Tech placed third at 7:55.4.  

LINEUP: Maycee Dioneda (coxswain), Victoria Hernandez, Cat Plesko, Jules Welch, Jordyn Clary


The winner of the men’s Novice 4 race received a gold medal and the Dolphins are for certain bringing home some hardware as the boat BB nipped Georgia Tech by 22.2 seconds en route to a first-place finish at 6:52.7.

LINEUP: Marissa Chodorow (coxswain), Nico MacKay, Frank Maurice, Alex DeLong, Will Vanneck


South Florida won the men’s Varsity 4 race but the Dolphins weren’t far behind and placed second at 7:05.2.

LINEUP: Alex Tate (coxswain), Brian. Cosmillo, Chase Rowe, Scott Del Vecchio, Scott Waitley


Racing in JU’s first two-seat competition of the season, the duo Jenna Holt and Ashley Hirt finished 17.3 seconds behind South Florida with a time of 9:15.9 (2nd place).

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 5, the Dolphins continue racing at Nathan Benderson Park for the second day of the FIRA Championships.