SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
Rowing places well at Murphy Cup Regatta
March 30, 2008
The JU rowing program had each of its Varsity 8 boats reach the Petite Final at the prestigious Murphy Cup Regatta on Saturday on the Schuylkill River as the Dolphins got a preview of competition for the Dad Vail Regatta, which will also happen in City of Brotherly Love at the end of the season.
The Women's Varsity 8 with coxswain Jill Sarno, Candace Barber, Adelina Anderson, Stephanie Bechtold, Jessica Tuten, Jennifer Barker, Danielle Fournier, Julia Fairchild and Keely Wells placed third in its initial heat with a mark of 6:59.27 behind Bucknell (6:41.73) and Fordham (6:50.07). The Dolphins reached the Petite Final after defeating Loyola (7:17.96) and Penn State (7:48.43).
In the Petite Final, the Dolphins placed fifth with a mark of 7:05.90 behind Colgate (6:53.58), Fordham (6:54.32), host Temple (7:00.17) and Lehigh (7:02.82).
"The women had a great weekend," said JU head women's coach Anna Talucci. "Making it out of the heats into the petite final was a huge accomplishment for JU Women's Rowing. We are continuing to improve with each race this year and finishing 11th out of 22 crews was a step in the right direction.
"The Murphy Cup was a great opportunity to see where JU women's rowing is in relation to a lot of schools that compete at Dad Vails. Normally, we would not get that opportunity till the end of the season. We are still looking at the big picture in terms of being our fastest for Dad Vails."
The Men's Varsity 8 with coxswain Jessica Marchant, Adam Heine, Greg Boccieri, Chris Carter, Patrick Lura, Sebastian Kuhn, Bradley Woodrum, Tyler Humphrey and Richmond Jones placed third in its initial heat with a time of 6:09.10 behind Fordham (5:51.40) and Drexel (5:51.54). The Dolphins reached the Petite Final after defeating Lafayette (6:26.11) and Fairfield (did not start).
In the Petite Final, the Dolphins placed fifth with a mark of 6:10.86 behind Lehigh (6:00.98), Delaware "A" (6:01.44), Army (6:07.70) and Loyola (6:09.82).
"The men had a rough day," said JU director of rowing Jim Mitchell. "The positives are that we got a glimpse of what we need to do to compete with many of the schools we will be racing at Dad Vails and we got a chance to race on the Dad Vail course.
"We are chalking this race up as a learning experience and we will be making many changes in the next few weeks to assure our boats are more competitive. All of our early season racing and training is designed so we have our best races at the end of the season when it counts the most."
After the women compete against St. Joseph's and UConn in Philadelphia, JU will return to the water in two weeks as the Dolphins compete in the FIRA State Championships in Tampa, Fla.