Laker Navy Has Strong Showing at Dad Vail
The Laker Navy had a busy weekend at the 82nd annual Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the first time in team history, the entire team made it past the heat stage and onto semi finals. Eight GV crews took to the Schuylkill River Saturday in the nations largest collegiate regatta. The four eights qualified for final races.
The highlight of the weekend came from the novice women’s eight. The crew of first year oarswomen earned a trip to the podium, finishing third out of twenty-two crews. Beating many scholarship crews, it was all smiles from the young women from the boat.
The women’s varsity eight also had a successful weekend. After an eventful heat that featured two restarts, the eight earned a berth in the grand final. Battling a strong head wind the entire race, the boat finished fifth out of all crews.
The men’s varsity eight missed the grand final by four seats, earning a berth in the petite final. However, determined to finish the day on a strong note, the boat finished second in the race just 0.567 seconds behind Purdue.
The novice men’s eight also had a successful first Dad Vail. In the grand final the men took fifth, finishing just two seconds from third, closing the gap on many teams raced earlier in the year.
The future looks bright for the team. With valuable racing experienced gained, the Laker Navy is now preparing for the ACRA National Championship. The team would like to thank James and Sherri Muir, those who came to support the team, and the Laker Navy Family for their support.
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