Women's Varsity 8 Wins Gold at Dad Vails

May 8, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA. - The Women's Varsity 8 won the Petite Final Saturday afternoon at the nationally acclaimed Dad Vails Regatta held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. It was the best finish ever for the Women's Varsity 8 at Dad Vails with the previous best being a petite final appearance in 2005.

The Greyhounds WV8 won the second level final in 7:15.61, beating Delaware and Fordham who had a photo finish for second place by four seconds. Loyola finished fourth in the semifinals earlier that day, just missing out on the grand final.

To make it to the second day in the Varsity 8, the crew of coxswain Katherine Griffin, stroke Kelly McDermott, Sheila Marsicovetere, Daisy Carter, Leslie Ann Perez, Catriona Miller, Elizabeth Staub, Kimberly Winiarczyk and Julianne Roccuzo finished third in their preliminary heat on Friday morning. With a third place finish, they advanced to the repechage, consisting of the best teams that did not place at least second in their heat. Stroked by Kelly McDermott, the reigning MAAC Champions took second in the second-chance race, just behind the Minutewomen of UMass.

Also advancing to the second day was the Women's Pair of Meghan Fregeau and Helen O'Connell. A brand new lineup that was just named earlier in the week, the senior duo rowed the sixth fastest time of the day to capture a semifinal spot Saturday morning.

The same Men's Varsity 8 as last weekend rowed hard on Friday, but could not beat out Jacksonville or perennial powerhouse Purdue to gain the second automatic qualifying spot they needed to advance.

The Men's Pair of Josh Tarini and Tom Kelly rowed a very good race Friday morning and produced one of the fastest times of the day. Although their time would have advanced them to second day in the next three heats, it was not enough for theirs, as it was the fastest heat of the day.

Both novice team boats were eliminated from competition after the first heat. The Men's 4 of Sean McCalister Patrick Timlin, Paul Kalkbrener, Michael Skopelitis, and coxswain Lauren Walsh had another strong row but the Novice 4 field was incredibly deep.

The Greyhounds rowing team is back in the water in two weeks at the US Rowing Collegiate Championship May 22-23 at Mercer lake, the same location where the women's rowing team won the 2010 MAAC Championship and the men took the runner-up spot.