Four crews will be out on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, competing in the nation’s largest collegiate regatta on Friday and Saturday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men’s rowing team will be up against one of its biggest challenges of the season this weekend at the Dad Vail Regatta. The nation’s largest collegiate regatta, the Dad Vail brings in teams from across the country to Philadelphia for two days on the Schuylkill River.
Started in 1934, the Dad Vail Regatta has been an annual fixture in Philadelphia for nearly that entire length of time. The event has grown throughout the years and now attracts well over 100 schools from across the country. Jacksonville’s varsity fours have drawn a preliminary heat with Case Western, FIT, Oklahoma City, St. John Fisher and Vassar. JU’s pair have drawn a heat of Fordham, Lawrence, Michigan, Rollins and Wentworth Tech. Racing as a single, Scott Del Vecchio will compete at noon against individuals from Chicago, Maryland and Villanova. The day ends with the freshman eights up against Army, Cincinnati, North Carolina and RIT.
“We have a chance in front of us to have a very successful Dad Vails,” said Head Coach Montia Rice. “Our freshman eights have beaten most of the teams they’ll be up against. Those teams have gained speed, but we’ve gained speed as well. The main goal we have for all our crews are to get to the finals and then see what we can do from that point.”
Any Jacksonville teams that advance will compete in the finals on Saturday.
The men’s rowing team will conclude its season at the end of the month, racing in the IRA Regatta on May 30. Those events will be back on Mercer Lake in New Jersey where the Dolphins finished second at the MAAC Championships.