THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2004
JU Alum Chris Tippin Sets New World Rowing Record

May 20, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Jacksonville University rower Chris Tippin set a new 100,000-meter indoor rowing world record on May 7, finishing in a time of 7:02.04, bettering the previous record by 2:23.

Fueled by water, Gatorade and Dr. Pepper and watching a videotape of the 2001 Tour de France, Tippin averaged 500 meters every two minutes while rowing at the Southside YMCA in Jacksonville. Tippin is no stranger to athletic challenges, having qualified for the 2003 Boston Marathon after winning the 25-29 age group and finishing 23rd overall at the 2002 Jacksonville Marathon.

Tippin graduated from JU in 1998 and was a member of the Dolphin rowing team all four years, winning the Bull Oarsman award as the most outstanding overall individual oarsman. Tippin also walked-on to the cross country team for one year. Outside of athletics, Tippin was also a senator in the Student Government Association and named SGA Senator of the Year as a senior. He was also selected to represent JU in Who's Who Among Students in Universities and Colleges.

Chris currently works for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and remains an active participant in cycling and triathlon events throughout the community.

Florida Times-Union Feature of Chris Tippin's World Record-Setting Performance