PHILADELPHIA  --  For the second time in three years, the University of Delaware women’s rowing team has posted a fourth place finish in the Novice Eights competition at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Delaware’s crew of coxswain Tatiana Gomez, Laura Peterson, Olivia Brady, Kristina Harmon, Kristen Reisor, Meghan Gerber, Savanah Wolfson, Lian Cancryn, and Marisa Gilliatt (at left) rowed to a time of 7:51.7 to post a fourth place finish in the finals Saturday afternoon as part of the 76th annual event held on the Schuylkill River.

The Blue Hens’ Varsity Eights crew was also in action on Saturday and the squad placed 16th overall after finishing sixth in its semifinal race during the morning session. The team consisted of coxswain Jamie Noce, Denise Cirelli, Kat Francis, Jenny Kohler, Catherine Manner, Annie Waskover, Calla Cissel, Hannah Scholes, and Lily Guttentag. Delaware rowed to a time of 7:09.4, finishing behind race winner Drexel (6:48.6), Bucknell, Middlebury, Connecticut, and Jacksonville.

“It was a good Dad Vail for UD women's rowing,” said Delaware head coach Kevin Gruber. “We were very excited to have two crews advance to Saturday races. The Novice Eights got significantly faster over the past few weeks and it was great to see them cap their spring season with three strong races this weekend. The Varsity Eights rowed tough in Friday's rep to reach the Saturday semifinals. It was good to see them racing on day two. We'll try to keep the momentum going for one more week as we look towards next weekend's CAA Championships."

The Novice Eights crew won its first two races of the regatta, winning its heat on Friday and capturing first place in the semifinals earlier in the day Saturday. In the finals, the Hens posted a time of 7:51.7 to finish behind winner Bucknell (7:45), runner-up Massachusetts (7:50.6), and third place finisher Villanova (7:51.3). The Hens finished less than a second behind Villanova, just one second behind UMass, and only six seconds behind Bucknell.

The fourth place finish marked the second time in three years that the Blue Hens’ Novice Eights team posted a fourth place finish at the event. The Hens also placed fourth in the 2012 finals.

Delaware placed 19th overall in the Dad Vail team standings with five points. Massachusetts took the team title with 32 points followed by Bucknell and Drexel.

Delaware will continue action next Sunday, May 18, when the Blue Hens take part in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Mercer Lake in Princeton, N.J. The Blue Hens placed fifth in the team standings a year ago.  


Novice Eights (Semifinals): 1. Delaware, 7:16.3; 2. Drexel, 7:19.1; 3. Rollins, 7:23.4; 4. Army, 7:27.6; 5. Georgia Tech, 7:40.5; 6. Penn State, 8:01.5

Novice Eights (Finals): 1. Bucknell, 7:45.0; 2. Massachusetts, 7:50.6; 3. Villanova, 7:51.3; 4. Delaware, 7:51.7; 5. Purdue, 7;54.1; 6. Drexel, 8:11.3.

Varsity Eights (Semifinals): 1. Drexel, 6:48.6; 2. Bucknell, 6:51.3; 3. Middlebury, 6:55.1; 4. Connecticut, 6:59.3; 5. Jacksonville, 7:00.4; 6. Delaware, 7:09.4