SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2004
Crew Takes Silver and Bronze at the Dad Vail Regatta
May 8, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - crew capped its season with a pair of medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, taking silver in the Men's Novice 4+ and bronze in the Men's Varsity 4+ Saturday in one of the most competitive regattas in the nation. The Men's Novice 4+ earned silver in a field of 45 boats, clocking in at 6:45.59, just six second behind the gold-place finishers. The Men's Varsity 4+ took bronze in a field of 47 entries, finishing with a time of 6:47.96, 0.69 seconds away from silver and 2.50 seconds from gold.
Junior Christian Ahlers (Lingren, Germany), junior Tom Wilson (Barrington, R.I.), sophomore Rob Davis (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), junior Ian Hamlyn (Hartsville, S.C.) and freshman coxswain Michel Gribble (Englewood, Fla.) powered the Men's Novice 4+ to a semifinal bid with the fastest time in Friday's heats. The novice 4+ placed first in its semifinal heat Saturday and defeated powerhouse crews Temple and Colorado in the grand final.
Sophomore Matthew Grothaus (West Chester, Pa.), junior Sean Duffey (Margate, N.J.), sophomore Bryan Brown (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), junior Montia Rice (Folsom, N.J.) and senior coxswain Peter DeFrank (Nutley, N.J.) finished first in Friday's heat and took first place in Saturday's semifinal heat, advancing to the grand final with the likes of San Diego, Umass Lowell and Wake Forest.
The Men's Pair earned a berth in Saturday's semifinals and narrowly missed advancing to the grand final with a third place finish in the semifinal heat. Junior John Weaver (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore John Hoffman (Orange Park, Fla.) finished with a time of 7:18.9, just one second out of second place and a berth in the grand final. The Women's Pair earned a berth in Saturday's semifinals and finished fifth in their heat, missing out on the grand final. Senior Cindy Schulze (Jacksonville/Nathan B. Forrest) and senior Patti Connolly (Jacksonville/Bishop Kenny) clocked in at 8:21.5, among the top 10 times in the event.
DeFrank, Schulze and Connolly end their careers in record-setting fashion, helping the Dolphins to their most successful season in years. DeFrank helped the Men's Varsity 4+ to gold at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) and Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Assocation (FIRA) Championships as well as a first-place finish at the Petrakis Cup. Schulze and Connolly rowed to a silver at the FIRA Championships and helped the Women's Varsity 8+ capture the Carl Bock Cup and Cecille Bradley Plate in their final season at JU.
Men's Varsity 4+ Grand Final 1. Georgia, 6:45.46 2. NY Maritime, 6:47.27 3. Jacksonville, 6:47.96 4. Wake Forest, 6:50.36 5. San Diego, 6:53.76 6. UMass Lowell, 7:02.79