Dolphins were among the largest field in the event's history
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Facing strong competition in the largest collegiate regatta, the Jacksonville rowing team represented themselves well at the Dad Vails this weekend in Philadelphia.
The weekend was highlighted by the men’s varsity eight boat which won the Second Final race. Led by coxswain David Waugh, the team of Chase Rowe, Brian Cosmillo, Jeremy Sobiech, Nathan Esterline, Scott Waitley, Preston Weinard, Jared Low, Scott Del Vecchio closed with a time of 5:55.406.
After taking second in the semifinals on Saturday, the men’s freshmen eight advanced to the finals in its respective division where they took fifth place. Coxswain Angelo Santiago along with Andrew Stebbins, Chris Searcy, Garth Greene, Ellis Harr, Billy Macomber, Erik Fournier, Tom Harrison, Tony Rzepka finish in 6:09.889.
Men’s pair Josh Holt and Stephen Marra also advanced to the semifinals before a fifth place showing ended their run.
The men’s varsity four just missed a final appearance as Maycee Dioneda, Bernard Vingilis, Andrew Bechtold, Shane Kennedy, Sean Carney took third in the semifinals posting a time of 6:59.886.
“The team has worked hard all year for this race,” said Men’s Varsity Head Coach Montia Rice. “We’ve seen improvements made throughout the season and it showed with some really good races this weekend.”
On the women’s side the varsity eight boat and the varsity four boat both competed on Friday, but did not advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
“AS expected we were up against some tough competition this weekend, but its always tough at the Dad Vail Regatta,: said Director of Rowing/Women’s Head Coach Jim Mitchell.
Both teams are scheduled to compete at the IRA Regatta in Lake Natoma, Calif. May 30.
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