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5/12/2013 – The Dad Vail/ECAC “Double” Regatta took place from May 10-12 and spanned an entire weekend of racing for the Wolverines. Typically, every once in 3-4 years, the Dad Vail Regatta and ECAC/NIRC National Championships will be held on the same weekend. The Wolverines completed the first round of racing on Friday and Saturday, and afterwards the team immediately drove six and a half hours to Worcester, Massachusetts for Sunday racing.
The Michigan Men’s Rowing team headed to the Schyulkill River in Philadelphia to kick off a full weekend of racing at the 75th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. Michigan oarsmen displayed dominant performances in Friday’s heats with all entries advancing to their respective finals.
Saturday morning racing began with the advancement from semi-finals of the 1st Varsity 8, Freshman Novice 4 and Freshman Novice 8 all taking 1st place. The Varsity Lightweight 4+, Varsity Heavyweight 4+ and Varsity 2- did not advance to the afternoon finals.
In the grand final events, Michigan’s Freshman Lightweight 8+ fell just short of the medals dock taking 4th place by less than a second too Purdue with a time of 6:29.6. The Novice 8+ raced against Drexel, Virginia, US Military Academy, Jacksonville and Purdue in the Lev Brett Bowl final taking 3rd with a solid performance and time of 6:05.3. Michigan’s 2nd Varsity 8 defended the Ernie Bayer Trophy with a winning time of 5:57.8 holding off a charging Drexel crew to take gold.
The Varsity 8+ took 5th place in Richard O’Brien Grand Final against Drexel, Michigan State, FIT, Grand Valley and Virginia with a time of 5:50.223.
After two tough days of racing, the team loaded their trailer in Philadelphia and headed directly to Worcester, Massachusetts to compete in the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate. At the ECAC Regatta, Michigan displayed an outstanding performance winning every men’s eight event to take the Men’s Team Point Trophy.
The morning began with the advancement of all Michigan eights through the heats with 1st place finishes across the board. The Michigan 3rd Varsity 8+ trailed into the first 1000 meters of their final, but charged to a 1st place finish over Hobart by under a second with a time of 6:18.426. The 2nd Varsity 8+ took open water early against Williams, Bucknell, Trinity, Marist and Boston College, controlling the race down the course to take gold with a time of 6:08.12. The 2nd Varsity 8 became the first in Michigan history to win gold at both the Dad Vail Regatta and ECAC in a single weekend. The Michigan Men’s Novice 8+ took 1st place over Trinity with a dominant performance and a winning time of 6:15.8.
In the Varsity 8+ event, the Wolverines pushed to open water in the grand final over Williams, Hobart, Trinity, Marist and Bates with a winning time of 5:49.176 to finish the racing weekend and solidify the ECAC Men’s Team Point Trophy for the University of Michigan.