2007 Dad Vail Regatta

I raced in the Dad Vail Regatta for the last time this past weekend in the Men’s Varsity Pair with Adam Suhy. Though the weather was not cooperative this season, we had some strong racing results. Here is a summarized version of our season:

Date Race Location Result
March 24, 2007 Murphy Cup Regatta Philadelphia, PA Second to Pitt
April 1, 2007 UAA Championships Pittsburgh, PA Second to Washington University
April 14, 2007 – April 15, 2007 Knecht Cup Camden, NJ Second to University of Buffalo
April 21, 2007 Car-Du-Pitt Pittsburgh, PA Cancelled (weather)
April 28, 2007 Governer’s Cup Regatta Charleston, WV Cancelled (weather)
May 6, 2007 Mid Atlantic Championships Fairfax, VA First!
May 11, 2007 – May 12, 2007 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA Third in our semi-final

By far the most exciting race was the Dad Vail, which is our national championship. It is arranged into heats, semi-finals, and finals, with 3 advancing from each heat, and two advancing from each semi-final, to create a six-boat final. We placed second in our heat to Georgia Tech, which was good enough to advance to semi-finals. Our heat was not an all-out effort.

Our semi-final was the most intense race I’ve ever rowed in. Here are the results for all three semi-finals from the Dad Vail webpage.

Men’s Varsity Pair – Semis 2 to Final
Evt Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6 Start
Fordham 42
Place: 6
Time: 7:32.48
Carnegie Mellon 17
Place: 3
Time: 7:05.86
Boston College 7
Place: 5
Time: 7:31.2
Oklahoma City 78
Place: 2
Time: 7:05.72
Bowdoin 8
Place: 4
Time: 7:16.6
Iona 49
Place: 1
Time: 7:05.49
Florida Tech 40
Place: 6
Time: 8:06.18
Washington U.114
Place: 2
Time: 7:08.58
Temple 102
Place: 4
Time: 7:26.89
Buffalo 13
Place: 1
Time: 7:01.8
Cincinnati 25
Place: 5
Time: 7:32.62
Rollins 90
Place: 3
Time: 7:25.71
U. Rochester 89
Place: 6
Time: 7:34.5
Cal Long Beach 16
Place: 1
Time: 7:03.06
Toronto Miss 104
Place: 2
Time: 7:07.21
Georgia Tech 45
Place: 5
Time: 7:26.61
Grand Valley 47
Place: 4
Time: 7:19.74
Duquesne 37
Place: 3
Time: 7:07.64

You can see that we took third to Iona and Oklahoma City, with the sorted times being: 7:05.49, 7:05.72, and 7:05.86. That means we missed second place by 0.14 seconds (which would have been sufficient to advance), and first place by 0.37 seconds. Our time would have been good enough to advance in either of the other two semi finals. Also interesting is that Georgia Tech, who finished ahead of us in our heat, took 5th in their semi-final, and it was not a close race for them. Even more interesting is that Iona went on to take second place overall.

Thus, while it is disappointing that we did not advance to finals, we were a bit unlucky in the way the semi-finals stacked up, and I feel like we had one hell of a race and were definitely in there with the fastest boats.


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