Varsity Eight Takes Second Place In Grand Final At Dad Vail Regatta
May 11, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The UMass rowing team finished its 2013 season on Saturday at the annual Dad Vail Regatta. The Minutewomen raced in five events at the two-day event, advancing the varsity 8+ and junior varsity 8+ to the finals.
The varsity 8+ had a rough start on Friday, placing third in its heat, forcing a repechage round appearance later in the day. The Minutewomen came back strong in the afternoon, winning their race with a time of 6:59.883 and beating Atlantic 10 rivals Dayton and Duquesne in the process.
UMass took second place in its race in the semi-final round on Saturday morning making them one of two teams to qualify for the Grand Final. The Minutewomen ultimately took second place overall with a time of 6:30.980, nine seconds shy of defeating Grand Valley and claiming the Evelyn Bergman Trophy.
The junior varsity 8+ also had an impressive showing, taking second place in the final after finishing in first place in its qualifying race. The Minutewomen finished with a time of 6:54.325, four seconds behind Drexel, who won the Coleman D. Boylan Trophy.
Despite a second place finish in the qualifying heats, Paige Ryder and Alexandra Daggy were unable to advance to the pair final with their fourth place finish in the semi-final round. The team finished with a time of 8:36.645, just over eight seconds too slow to qualify for the finals.
The UMass varsity 4+ and the UMass single didn't advance past the first round, each taking fourth place with the first three boats continuing in the competition.