SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011
Women’s rowing contributes to JU’s fifth consecutive overall team trophy at FIRA State Championships
The JU women’s rowing program may not have come away with a women’s team trophy but they helped ensure that JU recorded its fifth consecutive overall team trophy at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association State (FIRA) Championships on Saturday at Cooper Creek/Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

Other schools competing in the event will be Florida State, Florida, Central Florida Rowing, Miami, Florida Tech, Rollins College, Stetson, Nova Southeastern, Embry Riddle, Berry and Tampa.

“Overall, it was a good weekend,” said JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl. “The highlights for us were the Women's Pair and the Women's Novice 8. Coach Mulstay has done a great job with the novices and they have put in a lot of hard work. The Pair came from last place where they weren't even announcing them to going completely through the field and winning by open water. The Novice 8, comprised of novices, beat crews that had rowers who were experienced from high school in their boats.

The Women's V8 did a great job and really has closed the gap on the field. The JV8, which had five novices in it, also had a strong race. The V4, JV4 and N4’s also did great. I don't think there was a varsity boat that finished lower than 3rd place. We'll continue to work on things and find ways to gain speed. It was great to win the overall team points (men and women) and to see and meet all the parents and for all their support during the regatta.”

In 2007, the Dolphins left Tampa with three state championships, a team overall point trophy and a women’s overall point trophy.

In 2008, JU equaled the task by coming away with two state championships and repeat trophies in the team overall and women’s overall point titles.

In 2009, the Dolphins earned their third straight team overall trophy and one state title but placed second to Florida Tech in the women’s overall point title, ending their two-year run.

Last season, the program swept its fourth consecutive team overall trophy and reclaimed the women’s overall point title while garnering three state titles.

This year, JU was unable to reclaim its women’s team trophy but came away with two state titles (Pair, Novice 8) while also taking home two silver (Varsity 8, Varsity 4) and a pair of bronze (Junior Varsity 8, Junior Varsity 4).

On Friday, the Novice 4 “B” with coxswain Mary Meyers, Marina Pelemis, Abigail Bristlin, Tanita Simmons and Kelsey Clark finished fifth with a time of 8:01.2 behind Nova Southeastern (7:29.1), Georgia Tech (7:33.6), Rollins College (7:34.6) and Florida (7:50.1) but ahead of Florida State (10:03.5).

The Novice 4 “A” consisting of coxswain Jordan Heylock, Maycee Dioneda, Rebecca Clark, Tiffany Mallory and Jordyn Clary finished second with a mark of 7:24.0 behind Rollins College (7:18.7) but ahead of Georgia Tech (7:28.4) and Florida (7:33.2).

The Varsity 4 made up of coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Mary Mosier and Jill Carmody placed second in its initial heat with a time of 6:48.6 behind Nova Southeastern (6:40.2) but ahead of Rollins College (6:55.0), USF (7:00.3) and Tampa (7:05.1).

On Saturday, the Varsity 8 with coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Whitney Mathews, Jill Carmody, Abby Sierigk, Allison Sobiech, Mary Mosier and Joanna Zachowski placed second with a time of 6:31.8 behind Nova Southeastern (6:29.4) but ahead of Florida (6:35.4), Georgia Tech (6:44.2), Florida Tech (6:48.0), Rollins College (7:03.1) and Florida State (7:24.2).

The Junior Varsity 8 made up of coxswain Savannah Rice, Cassie MacLellan, Morgan McTiernan, Tiffany Mallory, Jordyn Clery, Marina Pelemis, Rebecca Clark, Maycee Dioneda and Adrienne Santos finished third with a mark of 7:19.6 behind Georgia Tech (6:57.3) and Nova Southeastern (7:06.5) but ahead of Florida (7:27.5).

The Pair with Danielle Fournier and Jill Carmody finished first with a time of 5:38.8 ahead of Florida (5:43.6), Georgia Tech (5:44.5) and Florida State (9:21.7).

The Novice 8 with coxswain Jordan Heylock, Maycee Dioneda, Abigail Bristlin, Marina Pelemis, Jordyn Clary, Tiffany Mallory, Rebecca Clark, Mary Meyers and Kelsey Clark placed first with a mark of 6:51.5 ahead of Nova Southeastern (6:52.5), Rollins College (6:55.4), Florida (7:06.5), Georgia Tech (7:06.8) and Florida State (7:21.1).

The Junior Varsity 4 with coxswain Savannah Rice, Cassie MacLellan, Jordyn Clery, Morgan McTiernan and Adrienne Santos finished third with a time of 7:22.7 behind Nova Southeastern (7:08.9) and Georgia Tech (7:19.6) but ahead of Florida (7:50.7) and USF (8:06.9).

The Novice 4 “A” with coxswain Jordan Heylock, Maycee Dioneda, Rebecca Clark, Tiffany Mallory and Jordyn Clary placed fifth with a mark of 7:57.0 behind Nova Southeastern (7:22.8), Florida Tech (7:35.8), Rollins College (7:44.7) and Georgia Tech (7:53.3) but ahead of Florida State (8:14.0).

The Varsity 4 with coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Mary Mosier and Jill Carmody ended the day with a second-place finish of 7:11.4 behind Nova Southeastern (7:04.2) but ahead of Florida (7:14.9), Florida Tech (7:15.2), Rollins College (7:23.9) and Georgia Tech (7:47.4).

The Dolphins will next compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta on April 16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.