PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The eighth-ranked Merrimack College women’s crew team finished with the silver medal in the Division II/III varsity fours at the Dad Vail Regatta, which is the largest intercollegiate regatta in the United States. Merrimack finished just three seconds behind No. 1 Barry for the gold medal.
Event: Dad Vail Regatta
Location: Schuykill River | Philadelphia, Pa.
What They Said
Head coach David LeFebvre: “We talked about how this was our last row of the year and how we wanted to make it memorable. We recognized that this was an emotional race and that we would feed of those emotions to help push through the pain of racing. We decided that we would make three hard pushes during the race and commit to being the fastest crew on the water for those three power 10s. It was our best race of the year and we nearly took down Barry.”
How It Happened
The Warriors utilized the same lineup as the last few weeks, when they finished second at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey and then won at the UMass Lowell Invitational, NE-10 Cup and New England Championships.
The Merrimack lineup consisted of coxswain Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), stroke Aubrey O’Neill (Pawcatuck, Conn.), third seat Lydia Staschke (Guilford, Conn.), fourth seat Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.) and Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) on the bow.
Merrimack finished second in their initial qualifying heat on Friday morning, and raced again on Saturday for a spot in the final. The Warriors also finished in second in that race, as the top four finishers advanced to the final that took place on Saturday afternoon.
1) Barry – 7:22.192
2) Merrimack – 7:25.314
3) Humboldt – 7:26.318
4) Philadelphia U. – 7:31.453
5) Mercyhurst – 7:37.285
6) Franklin & Marsh – 7:40.285