OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Day No. 1 of the SIRA Championships has come to an end for Jacksonville University's men's rowing program and both of its boats will advance to Sunday's petite finals. The Dolphins' varsity eight and second varsity eight made the trip to Melton Lake each competing in a preliminary and semifinal heat.
The first four boats advanced to the semifinals and the Dolphins' 2V earned their stake in the heat by finishing fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 6:16.50. Temple's "A' crew raced in for the top spot at 6:04.37 while Virginia RA finished second in 6:04.439 and Georgia Tech third at 6:14.16. Colorado rounded out the event for fifth place (6:54.58).
In their final race of the day, the Dolphin 2V8 finished sixth. The crew's time of 6:16.28 fell behind Temple who crossed the finish line in first place with 5:56.48.
2V8 Lineup: Cox – Alexander Tate; Stroke – Chris Nichols; 7 – Andrew Bechtold; 6 - Erik Fournier; 5 – Zachary McKenna; 4 – Ryan Chase Rowe; 3 – Alexander DeLong; 2 – William Vanneck; Bow – Travis Pulliam
JU's varsity eight finished second to Virginia RA, crossing five seconds behind the first-place crew in 6:00.96, and continued its stellar performances with another top-three finish in the semis. Taking on Virginia Tech, UNC – Chapel Hill, Florida Tech, Notre Dame and Clemson, the Fins placed third in a well-fought battle. The Tar Heels narrowly edged JU for second place and a spot in the "A" finals by a margin of 3.8 seconds, as the Dolphins posted a time of 6:08.211.
Racing begins tomorrow at 10:27 a.m. for Jacksonville's V8 while the 2V8 crew takes to water at 10:55 a.m.