May 23, 2016 |
The harder it rained, the louder they sang. Sitting in their boat along the awards dock, the girls from the Merion Mercy Academy senior eight hardly seemed to care that they hadn't actually won their race. They felt like celebrating, anyway. "Look at them," Merion Mercy coach Mike Brown said, watching his team enjoy its second-place finish late Saturday afternoon in the last race of the 90th edition of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. "Singing in the rain" was the theme of the final races of the world's largest high school regatta, as Merion Mercy's girls and the boys from powerhouse Gonzaga Prep took turns with spirited renditions of their alma maters.
May 21, 2016 |
On the Schuylkill What: The 90th Stotesbury Cup Regatta is billed as the oldest and largest high school rowing competition in the United States. It is to feature teams from 191 schools in the United States and Canada, 984 boats, 5,679 athletes and 31 championship events. When: Friday and Saturday. Time trials are to start at 8 a.m. Friday and run to approximately 3 p.m. Semifinals are set to begin at 4 p.m. and go to around 6 p.m. Semifinals are to resume Saturday at 8 a.m., and finals are expected to begin at approximately 4 p.m. The last race of the day, the girls' senior eight final, is set for approximately 5:30 p.m. The name: Edward T. Stotesbury was a local philanthropist who underwrote the cost of an award that bears his name and is given each year to the boys' senior eight winner.
May 19, 2016 |
Preparations are underway for the 90th edition of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world's oldest and largest high-school rowing competition, Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill. Police on Tuesday advised motorists of road closures for the event. From 10 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Saturday, Kelly Drive will be closed between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green Drives. Entrance into the regatta zone is by permit only, police said. There will be pay gates for the entrance to the parking areas adjacent to Reservoir Drive.
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.
May 12, 2015 |
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.
May 11, 2015 |
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.
May 9, 2015 |
Drexel crew coach Paul Savell acknowledges that everything his men's and women's teams have done on the water in recent months has pointed to this weekend at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. And his rowers couldn't be happier that Friday's opening day of the 77th edition of the nation's largest collegiate regatta is finally here. "Waiting always is the hardest part," senior Cat Hamilton, coxswain of the women's varsity eight, said Thursday after practice on the Schuylkill. "Once we're in the boat, we're all ready to go. It's out here [at practice]
May 8, 2015 |
Brian Propp held a bottle of water Wednesday morning, standing on the back dock of the Bachelors Barge Club on Boathouse Row. His daughter Paige asked, "Are you hydrating?" "I had my coffee," replied the former Flyers star. Propp, 56, had skipped his usual early-morning skate because he was taking part in a little warm-up media event for this weekend's Dad Vail Regatta. Propp was about to compete on an ergometer, an indoor rowing machine, with former Eagles receiver Fred Barnett, former Sixers star World B. Free, and what turned out to be a ringer - Franklin, the Sixers mascot.
October 27, 2014 |
This article has been corrected. A previous version misspelled the name of Mirka Knapkova as Irka Knapkova. Kjetil Borch, a single sculler from Norway, saw the richest prize in his sport close to his grasp Saturday on the Schuylkill - and then he found out the Schuylkill had a little more adventure left for him. Out in front of the reigning world singles champion, with the reigning Olympic champion also in range, and a $10,000 first prize...
May 19, 2014 |
Like other boats at the 88th Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Mount St. Joseph Academy capitalized Saturday on the swift early current that went along with being positioned on one of the outer lanes of the Schuylkill. Taking command in the first 1,000 meters, the Mount's varsity eight, securing its third crown in five seasons, won by open water with a clocking of 4 minutes, 25.30 seconds. It easily triumphed after placing fourth in Friday's time trials. "We really stayed calm and collected, took a lot of deep breaths before the race," said Lauren Matchett, a senior tricaptain and second seat.