Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup

By  //  April 19, 2014

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Panthers Return to Gainesville for the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

Athletes from around the world will be competing this weekend at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Connor Ahlborn

Connor Ahlborn

The Florida Tech Panthers will be there to compete, as several field athletes were selected for the invitation only event.

Connor Ahlborn and Rhoni Gavagni will represent the Panther women. Ahlborn will take part in the hammer throw, and Gavagni will compete in the javelin throw.

Rhoni Gavagni

Rhoni Gavagni

On the men’s side, Phil Maloney will compete in the hammer throw. Christian Schiemann will be competing in multiple events for the Panthers. Schiemann will take part in the javelin throw, and the discus throw. Kevin Delgado is set to compete in the shot put, and Daltyn Earl will take part in the discus throw. Chris Bridgeman will also compete for the Panthers in the javelin throw.

The Tom Jones Memorial Invitational begins Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. The event, hosted by the University of Florida, will take place at the Percy Beard Track Facility.

Men’s Rowing Wins Two Heats on Day One of SIRA Championships 

Florida Tech’s men’s varsity eight and junior varsity eight claimed wins in their respective heats on Friday at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships held at the Melton Lake Rowing Venue. The men’s varsity four also competed and finished second in its heat to advance to today’s semifinals.

Martynas Mickus, John Martin, Andrew Konecny (left to right) and the varsity eight will race in the first of two semifinals on today at 10:04 a.m.

Martynas Mickus, John Martin, Andrew Konecny (left to right) and the varsity eight will race in the first of two semifinals on today at 10:04 a.m.

The junior varsity eight started the day by nipping Virginia at the finish line for first place at 6:09.20. The Cavaliers clocked in at 6:09.46, and Purdue placed third at 6:10.5. The Boilermakers were followed by Georgia Tech’s lightweights, Delaware and Rollins.

The Panthers will race Virginia and Purdue again along with George Washington, Temple and Oklahoma City in the ‘A’ Final on Saturday at 11:40 a.m. Vying for a gold medal will be coxswain Katherine Hausrath, stroke Alec Bertossa, Martynas Mickus, Strahinja Markovic, Henry Walch, Clay Mathieu, Marko Milovanovic, Paul Kepinski and bow Andor Dezsi.

Jessica Mellinger

Jessica Mellinger

FIT’s men’s varsity four earned a spot in Saturday’s semifinals by placing second with a time of 7:09.1. Duke won the heat at 6:51.2. Clemson ‘B’, Vanderbilt and Tennessee placed third through fifth.

Coxswain Aaron Evans, bow Eric Schiferl, Nate Hodge, Alex Eierle and Coen de Jong will race Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia and Washington University in the semifinals at 9:36 a.m. on Saturday.

Mindaugas Beliauskas

Mindaugas Beliauskas

The varsity eight, seeded No. 1 in its event, won by nearly 11 seconds over second-place Jacksonville at 6:06.6. North Carolina finished third, Miami of Ohio came in fourth and Clemson rounded out the five crews in the heat.

Coxswain Jessica Mellinger, stroke Jose Gomez-Feria, Ernestas Zarskis, Carson Green, Mindaugas Beliauskas,Kevin Coyle, John Martin, Andrew Konecny and bow Joe Horn will line up alongside North Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, Oklahoma City and Tulane in the first of two semifinals at 10:04 a.m. on Saturday.

Baseball Suspended in the Fourth Inning

The Panthers were leading Barry 3-2 in the fourth inning when rainfall suspended the game until later today.

The Panthers were leading Barry 3-2 in the fourth inning when rainfall suspended the game until later today.

The Florida Tech Panthers began a Sunshine State Conference series Friday night against Barry at Seminick-Hall Field.

Unfortunately, heavy rainfall in the area suspended the game in the fourth inning.

The contest will continue Saturday at noon ET, and a second game will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first matchup.The Panthers were leading 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning when the game was suspended for the night.

The series will now conclude on Sunday with a third and final game. The Senior Day ceremony will still take place prior to Saturday’s doubleheader. 


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