Drexel students should be very excited and here’s why: the Drexel rowing team just won the Dad Vail Regatta for the fifth time in a row. It gets better: this year was the first time the women’s team won the overall points trophy, making this race unique and momentous in Drexel rowing history.
Saturday, May 13th, marked the 79th annual Dad Vail Regatta. For those unaware, Dad Vails is the largest collegiate regatta in North America. Every year, thousands of student athletes from over 100 colleges and universities (from both the U.S. and Canada) gather to compete during the weekend of the second Saturday of May.
This year, the Dragons won seven medals: five gold, one silver and a bronze, earning them the overall team trophy known as the points trophy. Drexel has now won the overall title at the event five times in a row, each year dating back to 2013. The victory in 2013 was the Dragons’ first Dad Vail title in program history. The fifth straight overall title ties Purdue, which won it all five times in a row from 2000-04.
The women’s varsity eight claimed the most impressive victory to date after one of the strongest seasons in Drexel women’s rowing history. The boat advanced Friday to Saturday morning’s grand final with a first-place time of 6:44.992 in its semifinal. Racing in the Cara Fry boat, the women’s varsity eight earning a final time of 6:30.064 to beat out rival UMass by nearly six seconds and open water. Side note, open water means that they were so far ahead, viewers could see the gap between the stern (back) of Drexel’s boat and the bow (front) of UMass boat.
The Drexel women traveled to the Cooper River in Cherry Hill for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships (CAAs) just days after Dad Vails vying for a spot at the NCAA Championships at Mercer Lake. More details to follow in a later post about CAA results. The Drexel men’s team gets a bit of a break before their final competition at the IRA National Championships on June 2nd to the 4th in Sacramento.