SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2008
Women's Varsity 4 wins Margaret McNiff Trophy at Dad Vail Regatta

May 10, 2008

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JU rowing ended the weekend with a huge statement as the Women's Varsity 4 won the Margaret McNiff Trophy, the Men's Varsity 8 just missed a medal count by placing fourth in the Grand Final and the Men's Junior Varsity 8 placed fifth in the Grand Final in the conclusion of competition at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, Saturday afternoon on the Schulykill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 70th annual regatta features more than 100 colleges and 3,300 rowers from the United States and Canada.

"I'm really proud of what head coach Anna Talucci and the women's team have done this season," said JU director of rowing Jim Mitchell. "They have worked hard all year long and everything culminated for them at the right point in the season. The men also did a tremendous job of having two boats reach the Grand Final. Both boats came close to bringing home medals themselves.

"As a whole, I'm very proud of what we accomplished this season and how we hit our stride when it counted most. We earned a lot of respect this weekend by proving that we can hang with the big programs."

The Women's Varsity 4, which placed first in all three of its races, finished first among 50 programs to tally the first gold medal at Dad Vails for JU since the Women's Novice 8 accomplished the feat in 1998. The Men' s Varsity 8 placed fourth while the Men's Junior Varsity 8 placed fifth in its respective finals to contribute to a stellar weekend by the Dolphins.

"This was big time racing this weekend and the women had their best rowing performances of the season," said Talucci. "It has been a tough season of racing with some great accomplishments and taking three boats to Dad Vails is the culmination and a great way to end the season."

For the weekend, JU had all six of its entries reach the Semi-Finals, three boats reach the Grand Final and took home a gold medal. Last season, the Dolphins placed all four of their entries in the finals with the Men's Junior Varsity 8 taking home a bronze medal.

"The women in the varsity four had a phenomenal heat and semi," Talucci said. "The final was a very tight race all the way down the course and they held onto their narrow lead through to the finish. It was a great race on their part."

The Women's Varsity 4 with coxswain Jill Sarno, Stephanie Bechtold, Adelina Anderson, Jennifer Barker and Jessica Tuten finished first with a time of 7:22.85, ahead of Lafayette (7:23.32), Emory (7:24.69), West Virginia (7:26.94), Long Beach (7:29.45) and Cincinnati (7:54.59).

"After being with the program for four years, winning a gold medal at Dad Vails is the best possible way to end my career at JU," said Tuten.

The Men's Varsity 8 with coxswain Jessica Marchant, Matthew D'Amico, Richmond Jones, Tyler Humphrey, Greg Boccieri, Adam Heine, Patrick Lura, Dylan Kosten and Stefan Negaard finished fourth with a mark of 5:55.25, behind champion Purdue (5:47.40), Colgate (5:49.34) and Temple (5:52.29), but ahead of Grand Valley (5:55.37) and Lehigh (6:03.02).

The Men's Junior Varsity 8 consisting of coxswain Anthony Magro, Erich Negaard, Lucas Meers, Chris Carter, Bradley Woodrum, Sebastian Kuhn, Michael Scully, Ryan O'Donnell and Joey Civello finished fifth with a time of 5:58.86, behind champion Grand Valley (5:48.80), Colgate (5:51.66), St. Joseph's (5:52.18), Delaware (5:57.92), but ahead of Purdue (6:04.47).

Earlier in the day, the Women's Freshman 4 and Women's Pair each placed third and the Men's Freshman 4 placed fourth in their respective Semi-Finals.