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:
|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.
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.