TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012
Five Floridians among signees for Class of 2016
Five rowers from Florida are among the nine new rowers signed to the men’s rowing program by program director and head coach Jim Mitchell.

Along with the Floridians, among them Jacksonville’s Chris Searcy, rowers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Tennessee are the newest Dolphins.

“We are excited to announce the Class of 2016 for our men’s rowing program, Mitchell said. “All of these guys have great experience and have been well coached in their high school programs. They are all great students and athletes. I look forward to seeing these guys at the Negaard Rowing Center this fall where I believe they will help us continue to get faster and stronger as a program.’’

The signees are:

Name: Nathan Esterline
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: York, Pa.
Rowing Club/School: Melbourne High School
Notes: Scholastic state champions in the Men's 4+ (3rd overall in the 4+), Grand Finals in Junior 4+ and Senior 4+ at SRAA's 2011 and 2012.

Name: Erik Fournier
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Hometown: Hometown: Somers Point,NJ
Rowing Club/School: School: Mainland Regional
Notes: Rowed on the freshmen 8, 2nd varsity 8 sophomore, Varsity 8 junior year, and varsity 4 senior year. Won first gold medal senior year at the New Jersey State Championship.

Name: Phillip Mazzotta
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160
Hometown: Hometown: Longwood, Fla.
Rowing Club/School: Lake Brantley High School
Notes: Second place at Head of the Hooch in 2011 in the lightweight 8,2011 Florida state champ in the lightweight 8, Made it to semifinals at scholastic nationals in 2011 in the junior 8.

Name: Christopher Searcy
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Rowing Club/School: Evans Rowing Club/ Stanton College Prep
Notes: Won men's varsity 4 at FSRA sweep states and 3rd place in the Southeast region

Name: Andrew Stebbins
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hometown: Hometown: Melbourne, Fla
Rowing Club/School: Melbourne High School Crew
Notes: Team captain 2011-2012, Scholastic state champions in the Men's 2x and Men's 4+ (3rd overall in the 4+), Grand Finals in Junior 4+ and Senior 4+ at SRAA's 2011 and 2012.

Name: Anthony Rzepka
Height: 5-7
Weight: 155
Hometown: Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
Rowing Club/School: Sarasota Crew
Notes: First place lightweight 8+ at Head of the Hooch and 4th place at US Youth Nationals in the lightweight 8+ by four tenths of a second- from being 18th the previous year.

Name: Ellis Harr
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Rowing Club/School: McCallie School
Notes: Won Southeasterns as a sophomore, 7th at scholastic Nationals as a senior, only Rower in my high school class to go to Regionals and Nationals 3 years in a row.

- Jim Nasella