JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Head Coach Marci Robles capped her first season at the helm of the Jacksonville University men's rowing program with a MAAC championship, the first in school history. Tuesday (July 14), she added to her champion squad with four new recruits.
Dale Barton, Gregory Diggins, Daniel Gleim and Ryan Springer will make up the Dolphins' class of 2019 as well as Robles' first JU recruiting class.
"I'm excited about the group of guys that will be joining our squad this fall," said Robles. "It's not a big recruiting class. The focus this year was to make sure we were bringing in athletes with the kind of mindset and work ethic that would fit well with the culture we've established.
"This group, combined with the walk-ons that will come out for the team in the fall, will certainly strengthen our program. We're looking forward to getting them out on the water!"
6-8 | 220 lbs. | Orlando, Fla. / Lake Mary HS
Before Jacksonville: Attended Lake Mary High School … Rowed at the club level with the South Orlando Rowing Association under Andrew Stebbins … As a senior, he assisted the program in finishing first in the state, third in the region and 12th in the nation … Junior year accolades included: first in the state (men's 2x) and third in the state (men's 4+)
Personal: Born Oct. 19 … Proposed major is engineering
6-1 | 160 lbs. | Atlantic City, N.J. / Egg Harbor Township
Before Jacksonville: Attended Egg Harbor Township where he was a four-year letterwinner with the rowing program … Has notched several championship victories in his high school campaign … Senior accolades includes: 2nd Garden State Championship, 1st Cooper Cup, 1st Philadelphia City Championship, 1st Atlantic County Championship
Personal: Born May 6, 1997, to Ben and Amy … Has two siblings, Tim and Kelsey … Undecided on his course of study
6-3 | 160 lbs. | West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor HS
Before Jacksonville: Attended West Windsor High School where he was a two-year letterwinner on the school's 8+ … Earned several first place finishes including victories at the Navy Day Regatta and Mercer Sprints … Finished second at the Saratoga Invitational Regatta and the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, and seventh at the Head of the Charles Regatta … As a junior, he assisted his boat to a second place finish at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and a first place finish at Mid-Atlantic Regionals … Rowed with the Mercer Junior Rowing Club from 2012-15
Personal: Born April 11, 1997, to Gilbert and Theresa Gleim … Has one brother, John … Proposed major is business
6-2 | 193 lbs. | Westmont, N.J. /Haddon Township
Before Jacksonville: Attended Haddon Township where he participated in both crew and soccer … Senior accomplishments: rowed in the men's varsity quad, named team captain of the 2014-15 season, named MVP for the 2014-15 season … Placed fourth at the Center City Slams in Philadelphia, first at state championships, third at the Philadelphia Championship Regatta, and third at nationals … Finished second at the Haddon Hammer erg competition … Holds the record for the fastest 2k in school history and was the first to break 6:30 on a 2k
Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1996, to Mark and Nancy Springer … Has one brother, Matt, and one sister, Sarah … Proposed majors are finance and sports management