SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2014
Women's Rowing is the FIRA Champion
SARASOTA, Fla.- The Jacksonville University women’s rowing team is a force to be reckoned with and the results of this weekend’s FIRA Championships have proved it. Finishing No. 1 in four heats and second in one assisted JU in earning 101.5 points to allow the Green and Gold to hoist the women’s trophy.

"The women's team had one of the most successful state championships in program history from top to bottom," said Head Coach Jim Mitchell.

"We went into this championship regatta with a whole team approach, where every person of every boat was to contribute to the overall success of the team. And that's exactly what they did.  Everyone matters! These women are buying into the program and mindset that Coach Peterson and I are developing, and it's starting to show in their speed. Today, we were in some tough racing situations that I think will pay off big later on.  I am very proud today." 

The Varsity Eight crew kicked off the regatta crossing the finish line in second place at 6:52.1. In one of the closest races of the day, Div. II No. 1 ranked Nova Southeastern beat out the Dolphins by 1.6 seconds.

In the second heat of the day, the Junior Varsity Eight crew avenged the earlier race by edging the Nova crew by 4.4 seconds with a time of 7:13.1 for JU’s first victory.

Georgia Tech’s B boat staked their claim in the women’s pair race in 8:24.7 and JU completed the course in the fifth spot at 9:06.2.

Just like the men, both the Freshmen/Novice Eight and Four crews swept their competitions. The Dolphins finished first in the F8 race with a best of 7:22.3 and the F4 followed later in the day running their heat in 7:53.8.

In possibly the most exciting race of the championships, Jacksonville cruised to victory in the Varsity 4+, winning by a narrow margin of .4 seconds over Nova Southeastern, 7:25.8 to 7:26.2.

The Junior Varsity Four crew finished fifth in their heat (8:27.4) and the Varsity B Four finished last in their race in the sixth spot (8:16.9).

With the four successes and other subsequent finishes, the Fins held a 29-point advantage to beat out Nova and claim the women’s point trophy. The men’s program also seized a point trophy and the two combined for 177.5 points to crown JU’s seventh overall point title in the last eight years.  

Jacksonville hits the water again at the end of the month, April 26, for the MAAC Championships.


Maycee Dioneda Renee Pharis   Lauren Whetzel Renee Pharis
Danielle Keeler Anna Palmer   Danielle Keeler  
Stefanie Keeler Laura Stevenson   Stefanie Keeler  
Jules Welch Jenna Holt   Veronika Stasaityte  
Cat Plesko Victoria Tkacz   Victoria Tkacz  
Victoria Hernandez Alli Rector   Allie Rector Jenna Holt
Jessica Mathews Ashley Hirt   C. Sandorf Nicole Samek
Veronika Stasaityte Jodi Coia Jenna Holt Anna Palmer B. Fernandez
Jordyn Clary Sydney Warpness Ashley Hirt Rylie Ayles Ashley Hirt


Lauren Whetzel Monica Hakun Maycee Dioneda
Danielle Keeler April Beck Victoria Hernandez
Victoria Tkacz Kelly Cleveland Cat Plesko
Veronika Stasaityte Rylie Ayles Jules Welch
Stefanie Keeler Rebecca Clark Jordyn Clary