Both men and women show well at Head of Hooch
The JU men’s and women’s rowing teams put in commendable performances at this weekend’s Head of the Hooch and the men’s team nabbed a trio of top-five finishes.

JU had six boats in both men’s and women’s competition on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn.

On the men’s side, the Novice 8 and Championship 8 boats each had second-place finishes, bot to the University of Virginia Rowing Association.

The Novice 8 boat, Micasa, with Angelo Santiago at coxswain finished the 5,000-meter course in 15:44.5. Santiago had Garth Greene, Ellis Harr, Erik Fournier, Brian Whitenack, Scott Waitley, Tom Harrison, Tony Rzepka and Chris Searcy as crew.

The Championship 8 boat, headed by sophomore David Waugh, finished in 15:19.5 for its second. Jeremy Sobiech, Nathan Esterline, Tim Easterling, Jared Low, Preston Weinard, Shane Kennedy, Andrew Stebbins and Sean Carney joined Waugh on board.

Waugh also was coxswain on the Championship 4 A boat with Sobiech, Esterline, Weinard and Low as crew and Ben Hayes led the B boat with Troy Troupe, Andrew Bechtold, Billy Macomber and Drew Allen on board.

Junior Macee Dioneda and the Lightweight 8s in “Big Bob’’ finished eighth in 17:02.4. She had the crew of Josh Holt, Jacob Strauss, Stephen Marra, Brian Tye, Phillip Mazzotta, Pat Troupe, McCauley Langston and Shawn Macklefresh.

Dioneda led the Lightweight 4s to a 10th place in 17:48.4 with Strauss, Tye, Holt and Marra on board.

“I'm pleased with the results of the races,’’ coach Montia Rice said. “I think we are on track with where we should be at this time of the year.’’

Three of the six JU women’s boats posted top 25 finishes with the Novice 4s leading the way.

The Novice 4s with Monica Hakun at coxswain and Victoria Hernandez, Ashley Hirt, Jules Welch and Sydney Warpness on board. They wound up seventh in a time of 20:3.3

“I am happy with the way the women rowed and raced this weekend,’’ coach Jim Mitchell said. “We have a long road of improvements ahead to reach our goals for the year, but we are firmly on the road. I am excited to see the growth of this team can have.’’

Both teams will compete in the FIRA Fall Classic in Fellsmere, Fla. this weekend. The regatta is for all programs in the state.