Men’s Rowing Captures First-Ever MAAC Championship

Men’s Rowing Captures First-Ever MAAC Championship

Despite a tie in the point total, the Dolphins' V8 won the winner-take-all final to secure the teams' first-ever MAAC Championship.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Jacksonville University men's rowing program returns to the First Coast with a pair of gold medals and a MAAC Championship trophy. The victory, JU's first conference title in program history, couldn't have been any sweeter.

In the last two regattas, Marist and Jacksonville have finished No. 1 and No. 2, and each time the margin of difference has been slim. On Sunday, the Dolphins and the Red Foxes each tallied 25 points; however, despite the tie, Jacksonville punched its first place ticket after its varsity eight defeated the Marist V8 in a winner-take-all final. Fairfield finished in third with 19 points followed by Canisius (5) and Iona (3).

JU's victory caps Marist's run of 14 consecutive MAAC titles.

Jacksonville's second varsity eight was the first to maneuver Mercer Lake and in the first 400 meters the Dolphins were in the lead. Holding off a late charge from the defending champs, JU rowed in first for the win with a time of 6:12.807. The Red Foxes finished second in 6:15.096 and Fairfield third in 6:21.904.

Nearly two seconds separated the first and second place finishers in the final race of the day, the varsity eight final, and it was Jacksonville who walked away with the gold. Posting a time of 5:54.069, the Dolphins defeated Marist, Fairfield, Canisius and Iona, respectively. Again the Red Foxes threatened with a time of 5:56.884.

For first-year head coach Marci Robles and her men's program, the 2015 season has concluded on the highest of notes.

Varsity Eight

Cox -  Stephen McDonald; 8 – Zachary Kelso; 7 – Scott Waitley; 6 – Scott Marx; 5 – Nathan Esterline; 4 – Luke Myhree; 3- Luciano Mercenari; 2 – Victor Gargaun ; 1 - Shane Barnett

Second Varsity Eight

Cox – Alexander Tate; 8 – William Vanneck; 7 – Andrew Bechtold; 6 – Erik Fournier; 5 – Jake Capistran; 4- Ryan Chase Rowe; 3 – Zachary McKenna; 2 – Chris Nichols; 1 – Travis Pulliam