Rowing Has a Strong Weekend at Murphy Cup

Kyle Nanton

Photo by Lorna KelsoThis past weekend on Saturday March 26, the Men’s Rowing team participated at the Murphy Cup Regatta. The JU Varsity 8 squad took on a field of 20 on the Schuylkill River, and faired pretty well during the event. They received the bronze, as they took home third place and added to the already healthy trophy collection JU boasts. In the past JU has come away from this competition with a win in the last two seasons. The third place finish was impressive and JU plans to build on this outing, according to JU men’s head coach Jim Mitchell.

“Third is not a bad result against this competition but we’re not happy with it, we can accept it as long as we look to make improvements and learn from this race experience,” Jim Mitchell said.

The men who competed in the Varsity 8 were: coxswain Andrew Soloway, Andy Davis, Scott Del Vecchio, Richard Kelly, Greg VanOekel, Brian Cosmillo, Dylan Kosten, Kevin Friedlander and Brad Miller. This squad pieced together a first place finish in its first heat with a time of 5:57.00. In the Final is where they placed third with a 5:58.26 mark, trailing University of Virginia and Temple University. The Men get back at it April 2 in San Diego, California.
The Women’s rowing team also participated at the prestigious Murphy Cup Regatta. This was one of the harder fields that the ladies will face all year and they definitely held their own. For the first time since JU started attending the Murphy Cup, the Varsity 8 earned a spot in the finals.

JU women’s head coach Kris Muhl was pleased with the results.

“The racing went well and they rowed very strong races, and the competition was a great measure to show us where we still need to go as a program,” said Kris Muhl

The Varsity 8 for the women consisted of: coxswain Jamie Goldstein, Danielle Fournier, Emily Close, Whitney Mathews, Jill Carmody, Abby Sierigk, Allison Sobiech, Mary Mosier and Joanna Zachowski. This squad placed third in both the initial heat and in the Petite Final with times of 6:43.32 and 7:02.49 respectively. In the final they finished behind Colgate University, and George Mason University.

“We worked well as a team and never gave up, we just plan to train harder, and get faster for future races,” senior Jill Carmody said.

The women plan to build off this weekends work in their next outing April 8 in Sarasota, Florida.