Making a statement with successful performances over MAAC league competitors Stetson and Drake, the Jacksonville University women’s rowing program posted the fastest times among the other Varsity Eight crews. The first Varsity Eight boat opened the regatta outpacing its opponents in the competition hosted by Stetson on Lake Beresford. In JU first race of the day, the Varsity Eight finished the race in 7:05.41. The same boat then went on to win the second varsity eight race in the top spot, 7:12.87, nearly 15 seconds ahead of the second place Drake. The crew consisted of Maycee Dioneda (Coxswain), Danielle Keeler, Stefanie Keeler, Jules Welch, Cat Plesko, Victoria Hernandez, Jessica Mathews, Veronika Stasaityte, and Jordyn Clary.
Women’s Second Varsity Eight
Jacksonville’s second Varsity Eight boat also claimed the top spot in their first race with a time of 7:25, finishing a full 12 seconds before Drake. Wrapping the day with another V8 competition, the crew finished third with a time of 7:28. The boat included Lauren Whetzel (Coxswain), Anna Palmer, Laura Stevenson, Jenna Holt, Victoria Tkacz, Allison Rector, Ashley Hirt, Jodi Coia, and Sydney Warpness.
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.