Rowing: Concludes Season at Dad Vail

  • By Tiffany Doolittle
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  • May 12, 2011 01:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team will conclude its season at the Dad Vail Regatta on May 13-14, on the Shuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.

The annual Dad Vail, which is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, has over 100 participating schools from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The Mountaineers are set to compete in three events at this year’s regatta, including the Varsity 8+, Novice 4+ and Open 2- races.

The Varsity 8+ boat of seniors Rachel Viglianco, Kaitlyn Brownson, juniors Jenelle Spencer, Shannon Gribbons, sophomores Hilary Meale, Rachelle Purych, freshmen Karen Verwey, Courtney Schrand and coxswain Mallory Fisher recently made it to the Grand Finals at the BIG EAST Championship and will compete in its final race together this weekend. The crew will be racing against 36 schools.

“Whether we are leading or behind, racing a rival crew or the coaching launch, the Varsity 8+ boat has repeatedly proven that they will compete to the end,” says coach Jimmy King. “I'm confident that they will represent WVU well this weekend and send our two seniors off on a high note in their final collegiate races as Mountaineers.”

Also competing for the Mountaineers will be the Novice 4+ boat of freshmen Mollie Rosen, Tamyra Roberts, Danika Rencken, Christina Mehrtens with coxswain Morgan Leach, along with the Open 2- pair of junior Amanda Hirsch and sophomore Danielle Widecrantz.

“I can easily point to several factors that have helped us improve this year's crews,” Jimmy adds. “The one that stands out among all is our entire team’s racing mentality.”

Heats will start on Friday, followed by the semifinal, petite final and grand final races on Saturday.

The heats and semifinals will be shown live at www.dadvail.tv and the finals will be broadcasted on ESPN3.com.