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May 8, 1992 | By Jack Ewing, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Schuylkill River will be covered with rowers participating in this weekend's Dad Vail Regatta, the biggest collegiate competition in the world. Kelly Drive will be closed to traffic today and Saturday to accommodate an expected 50,000-plus spectators. More than 4,500 rowers from over 100 colleges and universities will see quarterfinal action in 18 events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Saturday, the semifinals will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, with finals scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Spectators will find some big changes this year: Alcohol will be banned, with observers screened at the gates.
SPORTS
May 11, 2008 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In the mid-1990s, after spending six years as the rowing coach at Cornell, Dave Kucik moved back to West Lafayette, Ind., because of a family illness. His sabbatical did not last long, as the Purdue men's club program was looking for a new leader.   "I took over a struggling team," Kucik, 57, said. "We had to show the kids a few things about putting holes in the water. "   Kucik has had the golden touch with the Boilermakers, who are now a consistent force on the national scene.
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May 14, 1995 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The unfamiliar sound of "Let's Go, Blue" filled the reviewing stand on Kelly Drive yesterday, where the 57th annual Dad Vail Regatta took on characteristics of a Big Ten football game. The University of Michigan, rowing in Philadelphia this weekend only because of a mailing fiasco, finished as the overall points champion of the Dad Vail and also won the women's division. The Wolverines varsity heavyweight eight for women beat Temple in a riveting race. Temple's men won their heavyweight race for the seventh straight year, and the Michigan men took second, holding off a determined Drexel crew at the finish line.
SPORTS
May 8, 1998 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It might be too soon yet to think about winning. The junior stroke, Jenn Morreale, is the old lady of the group. The sophomore, Sarah Halek, came to Drexel from North Penn High and knew so little about rowing that she would point out the lighted buildings on Kelly Drive and tell her friends, "Look, that's Frat House Row. " The coxswain, Erin Pallone, is a freshman from Holy Spirit High in South Jersey, and she brought a Holy Spirit classmate,...
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May 20, 2005 | By JEFF DiVERONICA For the Daily News
When the shock was setting in that their loved one, Scott Laio, was suddenly gone forever, that the unthinkable had happened, the Laio family members gathered in their Pittsford home on Sunday with the Rev. Michael J. Bausch. D.J. and Mary Laio talked about trying to find the positives in their son's life, which ended Saturday when the 20-year-old junior rower from Boston College died after a race at the Dad Vail Regatta. Through the tears and the pain, the Laios shared stories about some of Scott's antics, his infectious and distinctive laugh and the way he cared about others.
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May 10, 1986 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
The eight-oared crews of Florida Institute of Technology, Temple, Purdue and Ithaca College won their heats yesterday in qualifying for today's varsity championship in the 48th annual Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill. The regatta, with 3,000 participants from 76 schools, will continue today with 40 races, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., when the varsity eight championship will be contested. Coach Gavin White's Temple crew, beaten this season by only the powerful Penn varsity, scored the second-fastest time in beginning defense of its varsity eight championship.
SPORTS
May 14, 2007 | Staff and Wire Reports
Temple men's crew coach Gavin White sees the Dad Vail Regatta as a competition within a competition. There's the team championship, and there's the varsity 8 title. On Saturday, Temple didn't win either. Purdue, seeded third in the men's varsity eight, won in 5 minutes, 42.59 seconds, just ahead of top-seeded Temple (5:44.83) and Florida Tech (5:46.19). The title helped the Boilermakers capture the men's point trophy with 25. Temple and Georgia Tech tied for second with 21 points.
SPORTS
May 8, 2009
For rowing aficionados planning to partake in the 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta, president Jim Hanna wants you to know that the race is still on - with just a few minor alterations. Yesterday, practices were canceled due to a mixture of inclement weather and river conditions, leaving questions about today's proceedings. Officials decided to push the start time from 7 to 8 a.m. to accommodate the hundreds of teams and onlookers expected along Kelly Drive today. In addition, teams will race in a head-to-head format as opposed to the traditional side-by-side style that, according to Hanna, allows for a "safer way to row given the current conditions.
SPORTS
May 8, 1997 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Sports Writer
It's back. The traffic-snarling, ever-expanding Father of All Rowdowns, the Dad Vail Regatta, returns to Kelly Drive beginning tomorrow morning, and the 59th version of the small-college big race is again looking to flood the banks of the Schuylkill. More than 400 crews totaling more than 3,500 athletes will begin making their way to the top of the Schuylkill race course above Strawberry Mansion Bridge starting at 7 a.m. They'll power their way past the statue of Jack Kelly Sr. to the finish line 2,000 meters downriver in the hopes of surviving until Saturday afternoon's finals.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
The Dad Vail Regatta is actively looking for a new title sponsor because Aberdeen Asset Management is ending its business relationship with the nation's largest college regatta, held every May on the Schuylkill. Confirming the end of the Aberdeen sponsorship, which started in 2010, after the May 2016 rowing event, Dad Vail general manager Fran Connors said Thursday: "We're optimistic we're going to get a replacement. We're talking to several companies. " Connors would not reveal names of companies event officials are talking to and would not say how much Aberdeen had paid for its sponsorship.
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NEWS
May 23, 2016
In the wake of thousands of collegiate student athletes converging on the Schuylkill last weekend for the 2016 Dad Vail Regatta, consider the story of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, the oldest organization of its kind in the country. The development of American athletics is intimately connected to the history of competitive rowing. It was not on a diamond, court, or gridiron that the first intercollegiate sport was contested. Instead, it was on the nation's (calmer) rivers, and Philadelphia's connections to rowing are fathoms deep.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
On the banks of the Schuylkill, by the Drexel Dragons' tent at Saturday's Dad Vail Regatta, there were cheers and shouts of support as a group of racing boats passed by, slicing through the water. There also were cowbells. And ringing the mother of them all was Gerry Gartland. "Go, Drexel! Go, Drexel !" screamed Gartland, who works in quality assurance for the State of New Jersey. Clang! Clang! Clang! went his bell. "The other teams don't like that cowbell," his daughter Emily Gartland, a Drexel senior, said quietly.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Chris Henderson says the members of the Drexel varsity heavyweight eight see their counterparts from Temple "on the water every morning. " The two local boats might see each other at the finish line of the last race of the 78th annual Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday afternoon. Drexel and Temple won their heats during qualifying action on a cool, misty morning Friday on the Schuylkill. "I'm not surprised," said veteran Temple coach Gavin White, whose team posted the fastest time of the morning in 5 minutes, 54.771 seconds.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
Inbound traffic on Kelly Drive was backed up Thursday morning by an accident, and traffic up and down the Schuylkill river looked almost as heavy as crews from around the country got in a final practice before the nation's largest college regatta, the 78th Dad Vail Regatta, starts Friday morning. The last practice for Temple crew coach Gavin White finished just after 8 o'clock. He climbed out of his launch and leaned for a step on his cane and took 22 sure steps across a dock and then 10 more up a ramp.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
The Dad Vail Regatta is actively looking for a new title sponsor because Aberdeen Asset Management is ending its business relationship with the nation's largest college regatta, held every May on the Schuylkill. Confirming the end of the Aberdeen sponsorship, which started in 2010, after the May 2016 rowing event, Dad Vail general manager Fran Connors said Thursday: "We're optimistic we're going to get a replacement. We're talking to several companies. " Connors would not reveal names of companies event officials are talking to and would not say how much Aberdeen had paid for its sponsorship.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry K. Stinger Jr., 84, of Chestnut Hill, the voice of the Dad Vail Regatta for 26 years, died Sunday, July 5, of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Mr. Stinger was press officer for the regatta from 1987 through 2013. He earned the respect of journalists with his clear, accurate information, and enjoyed coaching many a reporter on the basics of rowing. "He just loved it," said his wife, Mary Louise Hanrahan Stinger. "He was such a people person. " An only child, born in Yeadon, Mr. Stinger had three loves in life - his Catholic faith, his family, and St. Joseph's Preparatory School.
SPORTS
May 12, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, For the Daily News
DREXEL SENIOR Dean Hill has been racing on the Schuylkill River for years, so it's no surprise that he and the rest of the men's varsity four boat pulled out a photo finish for a silver medal and helped the Dragons to their third consecutive Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta title on Saturday. Hill's varsity four boat finished with a time of 6 minutes, 33.884 seconds, good for a silver medal, and just narrowly trailing Brock University's boat, which clocked in at 6:33.682 in perhaps the most exciting finish of the weekend.
SPORTS
May 11, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Joe Horn's father remembers the first time Joe brought up the subject of high school. The son, in eighth grade, had gone to Brian Horn and said: "I'm going to Roman. " The kid announced it as if it was a done deal. The Horns live in Ridley Park, not exactly around the corner from Broad and Vine. "Roman Catholic?" Brian Horn remembers saying back. "In Philly? . . . In Center City?" That's how Joe Horn began taking the SEPTA train every morning from Delaware County with the commuters.
SPORTS
May 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It can be difficult to think that from the start of fall classes in September, nine months of practice and competition for the men's and women's crew teams of Drexel point to just two days in May - the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. But no one can argue that the Dragons have been successful planning their season like that, as they did again Saturday. The Dragons continued their victorious run on the Schuylkill, winning the overall points title for the third consecutive year and adding their second men's championship in three years.
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