INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A historic season for the Jacksonville University women’s rowing team came to an end on Sunday as the Dolphins wrapped up competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships finishing 22nd in the nation.
“I am so proud of our team and staff for the effort, focus, and drive they have exhibited this whole year,” said JU Director of Rowing/Head Women’s Coach Jim Mitchell. “Qualifying and racing at this level is beyond hard. Our plan wasn’t just to be satisfied with being at the NCAA championships, our plan was to show up, race hard, and see if we could upset someone.”
“We raced hard, finished where we were seeded, and learned a lot,” added Mitchell who guided the program to its first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title this season. “The crews at the top are at a different level, but I think it was good for our program, and our conference to race there and learn what fast is. This was a very motivating experience for us all and we are already planning our 2015 season to improve on our performance of this year.”
On Sunday competing in the D Final, the V4 of Renee Pharis (Cox), Rylie Ayles (4), Jennifer Pavlik (3), April Beck (2), Rebecca Clark (1) posted a time of 8:34.376.
The 2V8 lineup of Lauren Whetzel (Cox), Anna Palmer (8), Laura Stevenson (7), Jenna Holt (6), Victoria Tkacz (5), Allison Rector (4), Ashley Hirt (3), Jodi Coia (2) and Sydney Warpness (1) finished in 7:48.397.
The V8 lineup complete the day for the Dolphins as Maycee Dioneda (Cox), Danielle Keeler (8), Stefanie Keeler (7), Julianna Welch (6), Cat Plesko (5), Victoria Hernandez (4), Jessica Mathews (3), Veronika Stasaityte (2) and Jordyn Clary (1) finished in 7:16.495.
“What an amazing experience for our seniors Rebecca (Clark), Jordan (Clary), Maycee (Dioneda), Jenna (Holt) and Cat (Plesko) to finish their career with,” Mitchell said. “Four of our five seniors took their first strokes at JU, with no prior experience. They were major contributors in our success this year. This year’s team is pioneers for our program at this new level of competition for JU women’s rowing, and we expect big things in the future.”
D Finals Results
Boston Univeristy 6:58.064
Second Varsity Eight
Boston U 7:15.063
Boston University 7:53.008