Posted: May 12, 2007
PHILADELPHIA – The Mountain Hawks traveled to the Schuylkill River this past weekend to race in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta. This two day event is the largest two-day spring regatta in the nation and features some of the most competitive racing to close out the season. The Moutain Hawks brought a full squad of novice, varsity, heavyweight, and lightweight crews all looking to race hard.
The racing began on Friday, with great success for Lehigh rowers. In fact, seven of the ten boats entered placed well enough in their heats and reps to advance on to the Saturday semis and finals. Both the Men’s JV8, and Women’s VLt.8 won their respective heats, securing top lane choices on Saturday.
Saturday racing brought hot temperatures and plenty of exciting racing. On the Men’s side, both the Varsity and Novice rowers experienced success. The Men’s JV8 (Cox: John Wertan, Stroke: Phil Snyder, 7: Dan Rogers, 6: Dan Smeglin, 5: Chris Mohr, 4: Mike Kelly, 3: Richie Mills, 2: Mike Flanagan, Bow: Kyle Miller) competed for the Ernie Bayer Trophy. They blasted off the line and battled for first down the course. By the end, Lehigh clearly established itself in the 2nd place position and earned silver medals. The Men’s Varsity 8 (Cox: Jack Muskett, Stroke: Andrew Younghein, 7: Todd Mickelson, 6: Chris Hause, 5: Sam Anderson, 4: Joe Loguidice, 3: John Young, 2: Phil Bresnahan, Bow: Mark Chandler) qualified for the Petite Finals and raced amongst a quick field. After the Mountain Hawk move at the 1000 they established themselves as the frontrunners and finished in 1st. Both the JV8 2nd place and V8’s 7th place represent the best finishes for the men’s team yet at the Dad Vail. The Novice men also raced a Light Eight for the Brendan Lynch Cup. They took off hard, but an early crab left the boat trying to catch-up. They raced hard and ended up walking a crew and taking fifth.
The Women’s Lightweight Varsity 8+ (Cox: Sarah Michaels, Stroke: Nicole McCormick, 7: Jen Keefe, 6: Laura Banos, 5: Ashley Pritchard, 4: Kristen Bierbauer, 3: Erin Tormey, 2: Li-Ping Chew, Bow: Kristen Merlo) took on fast competition and proudly raced to a 4th place finish, only 1.5 seconds out of medaling. The Women’s Novice 8+ and W2- both took on tough competition and placed third in their semi’s, just seconds outside of qualifying for the Grand Finals. The Varsity Women’s 8 raced their semi (after placing first in their rep) but didn’t quite tap the speed they needed to qualify for the Finals.