SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
Men’s Rowing Takes Home a Title at Dad Vail Regatta
PHILADELPHIA – The Jacksonville University freshman/novice eight won the Toby Wallace Bowl on Saturday at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, becoming the first Dolphin eight-man crew in more than 15 years to win on the Schuylkill River. Jacksonville’s winning time was 6:41.446 over the 2,000-meter course, more than two seconds ahead of second-place Delaware and the rest of the six-boat field in Saturday afternoon’s final.

“We’re very excited and proud of what these guys were able to accomplish today,” said Head Coach Montia Rice. “They worked hard and came together as a group from the very beginning of the year and have been close ever since. They’ve been getting faster every week, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”

It was a busy day across the board for all the JU boats, with races beginning shortly after 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Racing in single sculls, Scott Del Vecchio placed fourth in his semifinal heat with a time of 7:46.359, falling just short of a place in the final.

The freshman/novice 8 was up next, needing to place in the top two to qualify for the afternoon’s final. That proved to be an easy task for the crew, which crossed the finish line in 6:10.992, more than six seconds ahead of Michigan. The time also was best among the 18 teams in the three semifinal heats.

The pair of Chase Rowe and Nathan Esterline followed, coming up with the fastest time in the semifinals (7:24.329) to qualify for the afternoon’s final. Closing out the morning, the heavyweight 4 finished fourth in its heat in 7:06.816.

Rain threatened as the boats returned to the water for the afternoon finals, but Jacksonville’s two races were mostly unaffected, ending just before the skies opened and caused delays and cancellations. First up was the freshman 8 race, and the Dolphins were able to hold off the challenge of Delaware. Michigan finished third in the race, while Drexel came in fourth racing on its home course.

While JU’s celebration was still going on in the grandstand, the pairs final was going Jacksonville’s way for much of the race, but Rowe and Esterline were overtaken in the final 500 meters and finished in fourth place, clocking 8:33.275.

Jacksonville closes out its season at the end of the month, racing in the IRA Regatta at Mercer Lake, New Jersey.

Men’s Single – Scott Del Vecchio

Men’s Pair – Chase Rowe, Nathan Esterline

Men’s Freshman/Novice 8 – Stephen McDonald, Luke Myhree, Shane Barnett, Victor Gargaun, Travis Pulliam, Scott Marx, Frank Maurice, Will Vanneck, Nico MacKay

Men’s Heavyweight 4 – Marissa Chodorow, Erik Fournier, Andrew Bechtold, Shane Kennedy, Troy Troupe