JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - From one big race to another, the Jacksonville University men's rowing team prepares to hit the water one final time before the Metro Atlantic Conference Championship. Friday, the Dolphins travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for an eventful weekend at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta.
Billed as one of the largest collegiate races in the nation, Dad Vail is expected to host over 100 universities for two days on the Schuylkill River.
From Philly, the Dolphins will make the short trek to West Windsor, N.J., as the team will look to claim its second straight MAAC title Sunday. A year ago, the men's side captured its first-ever league championship with a winner-take-all success in the varsity eight.
"I'm proud of how far this team has come in such a short time," said Head Coach Marci Robles. "We certainly have a ways to go when it comes to speed and depth, but we have the right kind of athletes on our squad, and that's the first step to getting this team to where we want it to be.
"Our guys have made a commitment to demanding excellence of themselves and of each other, both on and off the water, allowing for some great progress to be made in recent weeks. Both regattas will be challenging, but this team is poised and prepared to attack these challenges head-on.
JU's Last Outing
Jacksonville made quite the impression at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championship, leaving with a victory in the men's pair 'B' final and a strong varsity eight showing.
The Dolphins opened their 2016 slate at the Knecht Cup where two of theirs boat advanced to the finals and the 2V4 took home an event win.
Varsity Four – 2:45 p.m. (Top 18 Advance to Semifinals)
Pair – 3:40 p.m. (Top 18 Advance to Semifinals)
Varsity 8: Cox – Stephen McDonald; Stroke – Zachary Kelso; 7 – Daniel Gleim; 6 – Nathan Esterline; 5 – Jake Capistran; 4 –Ryan Springer; 3 – Travis Pulliam; 2 – Gregory Diggins; Bow – Chris Nichols