May 8, 1992 |
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.
May 11, 2008 |
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.
May 14, 1995 |
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.
May 8, 1998 |
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,...
May 20, 2005 |
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.
May 10, 1986 |
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.
May 14, 2007 |
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.
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.
May 8, 1997 |
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.
December 19, 2015 |
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.