JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ten rowers from seven different states and Serbia make up the incoming class of Jacksonville University's men's rowing team, as announced by Head Coach Marci Robles.
"I'm thrilled to finally have this class on campus," stated Head Coach Marci Robles. "It's an energetic, hardworking, diverse group – we have guys from all over the country. Our team went through quite the transformation last year, and this freshmen class embodies the values and expectations required to help this program grow and achieve success."
Xavier Aniton | Fr. | Shaker Heights, Ohio | Shaker Heights High School
Aniton, a Shaker Heights, Ohio native, was a three-year varsity letter winner and team captain at Shaker Heights High School. He was named team captain and was a record-holder in the team's 2K and 5K. He placed 7th in the nation in the Junior Varsity 4 and was named Most Improved Oarsman as a freshman.
Graham Bowman | Fr. | Sarasota, Fla. | Riverview High School
Hailing from Sarasota, Fla., Bowman was a member of Sarasota Crew from 2012 to 2016.
Jake Brock | Fr. | Asheville, N.C. | T.C. Roberson High School
Brock, an Asheville, N.C. native, was a four-year member of the boys' rowing team at TC Roberson High School in Asheville.
Brandon Cannarella | Fr. | Wilmington, Del. | Concord High School
Prior to attending Jacksonville, Cannarella was a three-year letter winner at Concord High School in Delaware. He raced in the world's largest regatta and also participated in bowling.
Cannarella plans to major in marine biology.
David Disbrow | Fr. | Pomona, N.J. | Cedar Creek High School
Disbrow, a Pomona, N.J. native, won the Atlantic County JV Championships while attending Cedar Creek High School. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Pirates club team from February 2013 to May 2016.
Thomas Esposito | Fr. | Newtown, Pa. | Canterbury School (Conn.)
A Newtown, Pa. native, Esposito was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Canterbury School in Connecticut. In 2016, he earned the Most Outstanding Coxswain Award and was named the Best Male Coxswain for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015. He qualified for the 2015 and 2016 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships in the Boys' 1st 4+, and as a junior, Disbrow qualified for the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Off the boat, he was a member of the honor roll and participated in technical theatre and lighting design. Esposito plans to major in aviation.
Joel Harden | Fr. | Springfield, Va. | West Springfield High School
Harden attended West Springfield High School in Virginia, where he was named team captain and was one of just two WSHS men's boats to advance to the Stotesbury Cup Semifinals in the last five years. As a junior, he finished second in the state in the Men's 4 and was the first WSHS boat to advance to the finals of the NSRA National Championship Regatta. Harden placed first in the Al Urquia Regatta, the Smokey Jacobs Regatta, and the Regional Park Regatta and has attended the SRAA National Championships. As a sophomore, he won the Novice State Championships in the Novice Men's 8. During the summer of 2014, Harden was a member of the Resilient Rowing Club.
Outside the boat, Harden earned the National Merit Commendation and participated in Boy Scouts. He plans to major in kinesiology.
Mansfield, a Cape Coral, Fla. native, attended McLean High School in Virginia where he was a three-year member of the rowing team. A State Champion his senior year, Mansfield was also named MVP. As a sophomore, Mansfield placed second at States and received the Hammer Award during his sophomore and junior years.
Off the boat, Mansfield was a member of the McLean High School Crew Club from 2014 to 2016. He plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Igor Milosevic | Fr. | Belgrade, Serbia | Architectural High School of Belgrade
Prior to his time at Jacksonville, Milosevic attended the Architectural High School of Belgrade in Serbia, where he was a four-year letter winner. As a senior, he won a silver medal in the men's double scull. The previous year, he won the bronze medal at the National Championships in the single scull, and as a sophomore, Milosevic won the silver medal at the National Championships in the Men's 8 and the Men's Coxless 4. During his freshman campaign, he won the silver medal at the National Championship in the Men's Pair.
Off the boat, Milosevic was a member of the Partizan Rowing Club and volunteered his time to help in the 2014 Serbian floods. Milosevic plans to major in sustainability.
Outside the boat, he was a member of Eagles for Life club. His proposed major is aviation management.
"Last spring's group laid the foundation, and our incoming freshmen will add top end speed and depth," concluded Robles. "We're excited to see what this year has in store for us."