The UMass rowing program took the overall women's title at the 2014 Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday afternoon. Row2k.com caught up with Minutewomen head coach Jim Dietz following the races to get his thoughts on the success of the Varsity 8+ boat. Check out what Dietz had to say below:
In the women's varsity eight, UMass took home another gold over Drexel and last year's champion Grand Valley. Having earned an automatic bid to NCAAs last week after winning the A-10 championships, the momentum continued this weekend in Philly for UMass.
"It was tough after the A-10 Championships last week" Dietz said after the race. "We didn't even bring our boats home because we knew how bad the river was going to be. When we did get out on the water, we only rowed in singles and pairs. On top of that, with exam week and graduation it was tough.
"This is our last stop before NCAA, and it's a great stop for us," Dietz continued. "We got in 3 really good races in some pretty challenging conditions, which will help us to prepare for Indianapolis. I am really pumped up, we are a young team and we are only graduating a few."
Coach Dietz's excitement was clearly evident as he walked with his rowers back to the trailer singing "if you are happy and you know it clap your hands."