JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After starting the spring season last weekend in Orlando, Jacksonville University women's rowing hits the water again this weekend at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"This weekend is a great opportunity because we will race twice; once in the morning, then again in the afternoon," said Head Coach Mike Lane. "This simulates exactly what we will have to do at our MAAC Championships in May,"
JU is competing with Alabama, Creighton and Dayton on Saturday, and the Dolphins will hit the water at 8:15 a.m.
"Going into someone's boathouse and beating them on their home water is always a great feeling," said Lane. "Alabama has an amazing facility and great athletic culture."
"We would like to get after them and see where the chips fall."
After last week's performance to start the 2018 portion of the campaign, Lane said "You always learn a lot in the first regatta of spring. Today did not disappoint. We had some really solid successes and we also have some things to work on."
"That's the great thing about racing, as it is truly the only way to test ourselves."
JU posted five third place finishes in central Florida last weekend.
"Last weekend we did a great job in our first 500 of the race. This weekend we are looking for more consistency through the middle and third 500 of our race plan," said Lane.
"Although the weather has kept us off the water for the majority of the week, I think we have made great mental adjustments for the middle of the race that will be tested on Saturday."
Jacksonville's lineups and start times are as follows:
1st Varsity 8+ vs. Dayton at 8:15 a.m. and TBA at 1-1:15 p.m.
Cox - Claire McLenna
8 - Delaney Plunkett
6 - Madison Boyer
5 - Meg Coyle
4 - Sara Miller
3 - Taylor Strande
1 – Stacey Price
2nd Varsity 8+ vs. Dayton at 8:45 a.m. and TBA at 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Cox – Alexandria Kyriakidis
8 - Olivia Gerlach
5 - Yailene Herrera
4 - Sarah Frasier
3 - Samantha Amadio
2 - Tori West
1 – Alex Pulliam
Varsity A 4+ vs. Dayton at 9:15 a.m. and TBA at 2-2:15 p.m.
Cox - Devonna Irby
4 - Marlena Warren
3 - Calie Miller
2 - Nicole Martin
Varsity B 4+ vs. Alabama at 9:30 a.m. and Alabama at 2:30 p.m.
Cox - Morgan Colson
4 - Colette McDonald
3 - Gabi Heard
2 - Fallon Walsh
3rd Varsity 8+ vs. Alabama at 9:45 a.m. and Alabama at 2:45 p.m.
8 - Leah Finsie
7 - Kimia Spikes
6 - Madison Bright
5 - Emma Napper
4 - Hannah Cowan
3 - Emily Muller
2 - Emma Laga
1 - Jadyn Dodge