The Temple Owls men’s crew team, under the guidance of longtime (33rd season) head coach Gavin White, put two boats into the final heats of Saturday's historical Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
White has steered Temple to 20 Dad Vail Regatta varsity eight titles, 13 of which came in succession from 1989-2001.
This season, his Owls qualified for the finals in the JV heavyweight eight, placing fifth, while the varsity lightweight four finished sixth.
The Temple women’s team also sent three boats into finals with two (varsity heavyweight eight, JV heavyweight eight) claiming fifth-place finishes and the third (novice heavyweight eight) notching sixth.
Temple finished 10th overall Saturday with 16 points.
Delaware, separately, won the men’s novice lightweight eight in a landslide, cruising to a time of 06:04.147. The next closest: Mercyhurst at 06:13.607. The Blue Hens also took home the men’s varsity lightweight eight.
Practice makes perfect … or records
Speaking of Mercyhurst, in preparation for the Dad Vail, the Lakers accomplished more than just gearing up for the storied race in Philadelphia.
They broke a pair of Guinness Book of World Records on the indoor rowing machine during their training regimen for the Dad Vail.
The Mercyhurst men’s team topped the records for greatest distance rowed on a Concept2 indoor rowing machine by a 10-man lightweight team in a 24-hour period and most people to row a minimum distance of 500 meters each on a single Concept2 indoor rowing machine in a 24-hour period.
On Saturday, Mercyhurst won silver in the men’s novice lightweight eight.
For more on the regatta, including Drexel's first-ever Dad Vail win, click here.