The Jacksonville University women’s rowing team is a force to be reckoned with and the results of this weekend’s FIRA Championships have proved it. Assisting in the Dolphins in earning the 2014 women’s point trophy, with JU’s Varsity Eight posting a top finish. The Varsity Eight crew kicked off the regatta crossing the finish line in second place at 6:52.1. In one of the closest races of the day, Div. II No. 1 ranked Nova Southeastern beat out the Dolphins by 1.6 seconds. The boat consisted of Maycee Dioneda (COX), Danielle Keeler, Stefanie Keeler, Jules Welch, Cat Plesko, Victoria Hernandez, Jessica Matthews, Veronika Stasaityte, Jordyn Clary.
Women's Varsity Four:
Drake’s Varsity 4 of cox-Jacque Nowers, Jessica Nightser, Katie Serbin, Alex Lueck, Emily Householter recorded a time of 7:21.98, nearly seven seconds in front of second place and host Creighton at the Upper Midwest Collegiate Sprints on Sunday. The team also beat boats from Kansas State, Nebraska and St. Thomas.
Men's Varsity Eight:
Fairfield University men’s varsity 8 won its event on both days of the Sacred Heart Invitational, beginning with Saturday’s performance. The Stags crossed the line with a time of 6:47.8, nearly eight seconds faster than runner up Canisius. The next day, the men’s varsity 8 secured another first-place finish with a time of 7:17.1, outdueling MAAC opponents Canisius, Marist, and Iona. The Stags finished four seconds better than second-place Canisius. These are the first varsity eight spring season victories since 2008 and the first time that the school won two races in a season. The boat consisted of coxswain Olivia Vita, Tom Siddall, Alex Nowicki, Brendan Spearing, Luke Auger, Charlie Serpa, Floris-Jan Floris, Herbie Marache, Bob Lawler
Men's Varsity Four:
For the eighth consecutive year, the Jacksonville University men’s rowing program has won the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. In a second-place finish, the Varsity 4 boat finished not even a full second behind Georgia Tech at 6:44.7. JU beat out Rollins by 3.6 seconds and had a ten or more second advantage over Florida, FSU, FIT and USF. The boat consisted of Alex Tate (coxswain), Brian. Cosmillo, Chase Rowe, Scott Del Vecchio, Scott Waitley.
The MAAC Men’s and Women’s Rowing Championships will be held on April 26th at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions in 2014: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. For more on the conference please visit,www.maacsports.com. Follow the MAAC on Facebook and Twitter: @MAACSports.