Kurt Linton couldn't have scripted a better ending. Both Linton and his team ended up on top in his final Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate rowing competition in the country.
A two-time Drexel captain, Linton was part of the gold-medal-winning heavyweight varsity eight that propelled the Dragons to the men's title and the overall points championship in the 75th annual regatta on the Schuylkill.
After the victory Saturday, Linton took in the cheering of the sizable Drexel crowd and summed up what it meant to go out a winner in his final Dad Vail appearance.
"This is how everybody hopes to go out, and all weekend it was in the back of my mind that there was a motivation to go out on top and you never want to leave with a bitter taste in your mouth," he said. "Winning the varsity eight gold medal, there isn't a better way to go out as a senior."