EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference recently announced the 2015 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team and Jacksonville University has tabbed 14 student-athletes on the list.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
Representing the women’s program are: April Beck (Melrose, Fla.), Jodi Coia (Marlton, N.J.), Ashley Hirt (Somers Point, N.J.), Danielle Keeler (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Stefanie Keeler (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Jessica Mathews (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jennifer Pavlik (Oldsmar, Fla.), Renee Pharis (Stephenville, Texas) and Laura Stevenson (Glen Allen, Va.).
On the men’s side are: Andrew Bechtold (Somers Point, N.J.), Alexander DeLong (Jacksonville, Fla.), Nathan Esterline (Melbourne, Fla.), Travis Pulliam (Orlando, Fla.) and Scott Waitley (Roswell, Ga.).
Both programs are reigning MAAC champions as Jacksonville swept the conference regatta last weekend.
In the women’s competition, the Dolphins earned the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Rowing Championships. Jacksonville tallied 53 points to capture the MAAC championship for the second consecutive year.
For the men, a winner-take-all varsity eight final, which Esterline and Waitley were a part of, sealed Jacksonville’s victory for its first-ever MAAC title.