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Men’s Rowing Takes Two Golds, Four Medals at Dad Vails

Men’s Row | May 14, 2022

PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle men’s rowing team had themselves a historic day on the waters of the Schuylkill River, all four boats grabbing medals with two golds acquired at the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s varsity 4+ opened on the water in the early stages of the morning, competing for a place in the Grand Finals later in the afternoon. Needing a top two finish in their heat to qualify, the Explorer boat made no doubts as they showed off a flashy time of 6:18.933 to post the second fastest time of the remaining 18 boats in the field to advance.

In their first opportunity of the day for a trophy, the Explorers delivered. The Novice 4+ blew the field out of the water, taking gold by more than a 12 second margin over their Philadelphia rivals Drexel to win the Lindy Cup. The crew finished with a time of 6:28.70 to cross the line with plenty of distance separated between the field.

With the bar being set, it was up to the Second Varsity 4+ to match expectations. With the fastest time in the semis, the Explorer boat once again proved their speed as they crossed the line with the second Explorer gold time of the afternoon in as many tries, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of second-place Stetson to take home the Ken Shaw Trophy. Ken Shaw, who competed for La Salle and graduated in 1964, was a Dad Vails Gold Medalist in the 60s before continuing a long and decorated rowing career – including being a master rower, coach at La Salle College High School, a US Rowing board member and a board member of the Pennsylvania Barge Club.

Battling for the supremacy in the J. Lynch Trophy, the Explorers looked to improve their third place finish in yesterday’s heats to push higher up the podium. With four seconds cut off their opening time, the Explorers finished with a 6:32.33 time to record a silver finish in the event, only two seconds off the gold medal time set by Mercyhurst.

Closing out the Explorers’ time on the Schuylkill saw the Varsity 4+ take their place to battle for the Thomas A. Curran Cup. Improving on their earlier time in the morning by more than two seconds, the Explorers fought with everything they had against FIT . Despite their push, the Explorers fell to an FIT side that also bested their earliest time, finishing just over three seconds after their competitor to settle for an impressive 6:16.24 second place finish, securing a sweep of all four Explorer boats finishing on the medal booth.

With the results, the Explorers scored 72 points at the Dad Vails, giving them a third place finish with just four boats entered into the competition. Drexel took home the Men’s Point Trophy with 107.75 points, Temple finishing second with 92 points.

Men’s Varsity 4+ (Semis)

  1. FIT 6:17.13
  2. LaSalle 6:18.93
  3. Lafayette 6:39.32
  4. West Point 6:49.07
  5. Marietta 6:56.47
  6. Grand Valley 6:58.88

Men’s Novice 4+ (Finals – Lindy Cup)

  1. La Salle 6:28.70
  2. Drexel 6:41.22
  3. Fairfield 6:43.16
  4. Lafayette 6:49.43
  5. Case Western 6:55.64
  6. George Washington 7:00.22

Men’s Second Varsity 4+ (Finals – The Ken Shaw Trophy)

  1. LaSalle 6:29.67
  2. Stetson 6:34.49
  3. Bowdoin 6:35.77
  4. Bowdoin “B” 6:39.18
  5. Temple 6:40.34
  6. Fairfield 6:58.30

Men’s Lightweight 4+ (Finals – J. Lynch Trophy)

  1. Mercyhurst 6:30.40
  2. LaSalle 6:32.33
  3. Fordham 6:35.23
  4. Jona 6:40.44
  5. Fairfield 6:43.23

Men’s Varsity 4+ (Finals – Thomas A. Curran Cup)

  1. FIT 6:17.13
  2. LaSalle 6:16.24
  3. Oklahoma City 6:20.38
  4. Bowdoin 6:23.43
  5. Embry-Riddle 6:27.97
  6. Drexel 6:33.66

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