SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014
Women’s Rowing Wins Its First MAAC Championship
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – NCAA Championships here we come. The Jacksonville University women’s rowing program has capped a successful spring schedule with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAAs.
"I am so proud of our program and everyone involved,” said Head Coach and recently announced MAAC Women’s Coach of the Year Jim Mitchell. “We set very challenging goals for this team this year, and these women never once strayed off the path. They executed brilliantly today, and because of it they are champions!"
The women’s Varsity Fours were the first to race in the preliminary heats and the Dolphins steered Lake Mercer well with two boats winning their events and another placing second. With all three boats advancing to their respective grand finals, the Dolphins were able to relax and watch the men brave the waters.
Nearly three hours after the final women’s prelims ended, the lady Fins were back in their boats. The first task of progressing to the finals was accomplished and the team was then charged with the mission of winning it all. The first to pull into the starting blocks were the Varsity Fours.
Fairfield cruised to an easy victory in the V4 race in 7:48.97. Marist posted the second fastest time with 7:52.76 and the remainder of the order ran Robert Morris (8:01.56), JU (8:06.43), Canisius (8:23.45) and Stetson (8:31.23).
In the final varsity events, there were two No. 1 placements for the Dolphins.
The Second Varsity Eight boat narrowly outraced Drake to cross the finish line in 7:09.8 while the Bulldogs completed the course in 7:10.63 and later the V8 I crew concluded the MAACs when they sported a time of 6:43.3 to clear the second-place Fairfield by nearly five seconds.
Racing in an exhibition event, JU’s Varsity Four crew ended in the sixth spot at 8:06.31.
When all the results and points were tallied, the Dolphins finished with a total of 45 points to top second-place Marist with 37. Fairfield placed third overall with 35, and was followed by Robert Morris (28), Canisius (27), Drake (21), Stetson (16) and Iona (7).
“We are proud to have the opportunity to represent JU and the MAAC Conference at the NCAA Championships at the end of May,” concluded Mitchell. “This is an exciting first for our program.”
Though graduation peaks around the corner and the university officially says its goodbye to seniors Rebecca Clark, Jordyn Clary, Maycee Dioneda, Jenna Holt and Cat Plesko, the young ladies will join their team at the prestigious Dad Vails regatta on May 9 and the NCAA Championships on May 30.