OAK RIDGE, Tn.—The JU men’s rowing team had a solid first day at the Southeast Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) regatta on Saturday.
The Dolphins won two heats on the day and two out of their boats qualified for the A final while the third will be the B final.
The Freshmen 8 of Angelo Santiago (coxswain), Anthony Rzepka, Tom Harrison, Erik Fournier, Billy Macomber, Chris Searcy, Garth Greene, Ellis Harr, and Andrew Stebbins won its first heat of the day in a time of 6:20.90. They returned for the semifinal and finished in a time of 6:16.10 which was third in their heat and fifth overall. They will compete in the A final on Sunday.
The Varsity 4 of Maycee Dioneda (coxswain), Sean Carney, Shane Kennedy, Andrew Bechtold, and Bernardas Vingilis also won its opening heat in 7:09.60. In their semifinal they finished third in a time of 7:07.11. They qualified for the B final.
The Varsity 8 of David Waugh (coxswain), Scott Del Vecchio, Jared Low, Preston Weinard, Scott Waitley, Nathan Esterline, Jeremy Sobiech, Brian Cosmillo, and Chase Rowe started off its day posting a time of 6:10.10 and finished second in its heat. They returned in the semifinal to once again finish second, this time clocking in at 6:01.10. That performance sent them into the A final.
Tomorrow’s finals are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and continue on throughout the day.