University of Delaware Women Rowers Close Out Season with Strong Finish at Dad Vail Regatta
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
May 14, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -- Paced by a fourth place finish by the Second Varsity Eights crew in the finals, the University of Delaware rowing squad closed out the season with a strong finish at the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Saturday on the Schuylkill River.
The Blue Hens competed in four events during the prestigious two-day event, which is the nation’s oldest and largest rowing event.
In addition to the Second Varsity Eights fourth place showing the Varsity Fours and Novice Eights crews each posted fourth place finishes in the semifinals while the Varsity Eights group finished fifth in its semifinal. The Novice Eights crew finished among the top eight teams in the meet, the Varsity Fours finished among the top 12, and the Varsity Eights posted a top 14 finish.
“It was a great day of racing and all of our boats put in solid performances,” said Delaware head coach Laura Slice, who closed out her eighth season for the Blue Hens. “All of our boats made it to the semifinals and our second varsity eights advanced to the finals. This was a great way to wrap up our season. I couldn’t be more proud of our performance, our effort, and where our student-athletes have taken our program.”
One of the squad’s most successful units all season, the Second Varsity Eights posted a time of 7:02.29 in the finals, trailing only winner Saint Joseph’s (6:49.19), Bucknell (6:52.42), and Buffalo (6:55.43) and ahead of Drexel and Purdue. The crew finished second in its heat Friday and advanced to the finals thanks to a third place finish in the semifinals. The team consisted of coxswain Marra Green, Julia Cagney, Tori Drach, Holly Dodge, Ally Crossman, Bethany Callaway, Leanna Colubriale, Virginia Hall, and Alex Smart.
The Delaware Varsity Fours boat of coxswain Dianna Levin, Valerie Glace, Kristen Endres, Laura Wertman, and Sarah Baillie placed second in its heat on Friday and followed with a fourth place finish in the semifinals with a time of 8:01.21. Villanova won the semifinal in a time of 7:42.63 followed by Saint Joseph’s, Buffalo, Delaware, Fairfield, and Pittsburgh.
In the Novice Eights competition, Delaware’s crew of coxswain Maria Gallo; Sarah Slotoroff, Jenny Kohler, Rachel Boudart, Meredith Murphy, Bethany Porter, Alexis Blandine, Angela Quinn, and Ivy Drexel placed second in its heat Friday and followed with a fourth place semifinal finish on Saturday. Western Ontario won the semifinal race in 6:57.74 followed by Purdue (7:13.40), Dayton (7:14.27), Delaware (7:20.51), LaSalle, and Connecticut.
The Delaware Varsity Eights crew posted a fifth place finish in the semifinals Saturday following a fourth place showing in its heat on Friday. In the semifinals, Delaware’s team of coxswain Hillary Levitz; Meredith Rubin, Darra Finnerty, Rachael Conway, Courtney Williams, Lauren Kanaskie, Lauren Kolsky, Ashley Maguire, and Stephanie Lynch rowed to a time of 7:05.28 to finish fifth behind winner Old Dominion (6:49.78), Grand Valley State, Massachusetts, and West Virginia and ahead of Temple.
Heat: 1. Bucknell, 7:54.36; 2. Delaware, 8:00.29 (Coxswain: Dianna Levin; Valerie Glace, Kristen Endres, Laura Wertman, Sarah Baillie); 3. Georgia Tech, 8:06.37; 4. LaSalle, 8:09.71; 5. Purdue, 8:21.34; 6. Albany, 8:31.90.
Semifinals: 1. Villanova, 7:42.63; 2. Saint Joseph’s, 7:47.64; 3. Buffalo, 7:55.99; 4. Delaware, 8:01.21; 5. Fairfield, 8:01.37; 6. Pittsburgh, 8:07.66.
Heat: 1. Grand Valley State, 6:52.36; 2. Bucknell, 6:57.49; 3. Marist, 7:04.05; 4. Delaware, 7:11.43 (Coxswain: Hillary Levitz; Meredith Rubin, Darra Finnerty, Rachael Conway, Courtney Williams, Lauren Kanaskie, Lauren Kolsky, Ashley Maguire, Stephanie Lynch); 5. Army, 7:25.19; 6. Scranton, 8:14.66.
Semifinals: 1. Old Dominion, 6:49.78; 2. Grand Valley, 6:53.63; 3. Massachusetts, 7:03.03; 4. West Virginia, 7:04.62; 5 Delaware, 7:05.28; 6. Temple, 7:14.33
Heat: 1. Saint Joseph’s, 7:32.80; 2. Delaware, 7:40.21 (Coxswain: Maria Gallo; Sarah Slotoroff, Jenny Kohler, Rachel Boudart, Meredith Murphy, Bethany Porter, Alexis Blandine, Angela Quinn, Ivy Drexel); 3. Army, 7:48.25; 4. Marist, 7:48.69; 5. Fordham, 7:49.85.
Semifinals: 1. Western Ontario, 6:57.74; 2. Purdue, 7:13.40; 3. Dayton, 7:14.27; 4. Delaware, 7:20.51; 5. LaSalle, 7:22.32; 6. Connecticut, 7:23.13
Second Varsity Eights
Heat: 1. Buffalo, 7:03.85; 2. Delaware, 7:09.03 (Coxswain: Marra Green; Julia Cagney, Tori Drach, Holly Dodge, Ally Crossman, Bethany Callaway, Leanna Colubriale, Virginia Hall, Alex Smart); 3. Marist, 7:15.97; 4. Dayton, 7:20.39; 5. Vermont, 7:35.54; 6. Loyola, 7:45.13.
Semifinals: 1. Bucknell, 7:00.86; 2. Buffalo, 7:04.42; 3. Delaware, 7:09.00; 4. Old Dominion, 7:13.95; 5. Connecticut, 7:16.71; 6. George Mason, 7:31.31.
Finals: 1. Saint Joseph’s, 6:49.19; 2. Bucknell, 6:52.42; 3. Buffalo, 6:55.43; 4. Delaware, 7:02.29; 5. Drexel, 7:10.6; 6. Purdue, 7:17.69.