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UMASS, Florida Tech and Drexel claim victory at Dad Vail Regatta
Ed Levin 
Publicity Director 
Philadelphia, PA- Crowds cheering on their respective crews, cowbells ringing and the sun shining down on a capacity filled grandstand, the 78th annual Dad Vail Regatta presented by The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University featured repeat winners with Florida Tech winning the Men's Varsity Heavyweight Eight for the second consecutive year while UMASS won its third straight Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight race.  
With both races appearing to be tight finishes as in years past, the respective crews from Florida Tech and UMASS turned it on at the 1,000-meter mark to post victory. In both races, Drexel University posted second place finishes as the men finished three seconds behind the Panthers and the women finishing five seconds behind the Minutewomen. 
Showcasing its overall depth, Drexel captured the Jack Bratton Trophy (Overall Point Trophy) for the fourth consecutive year by advancing 14 boats to day two with 11 making the finals. 
Drexel's point total of 45 was its highest ever topping last year's performance (44). Highlighting Drexel's record day were two gold medal finishes and five silver medal finishes. 
Michigan men also displayed its depth this year winning the Men's Point total with 31 points while Drexel finished second with 26 and the University of Delaware took home third with 23 points. 
The men's varsity heavyweight eight title race was certainly different than in prior years. Florida Tech has generally had to row from behind but the year they took control early and closed strong clocking a time of 5:55.41 
On the women's side, UMASS turned in a dominating performance in the women's varsity heavyweight eight crossing the finish line in 6:54.48 with Drexel finishing second five seconds behind with a time of 6:59.52.  
Earning three gold medals with top times from the Varsity 4+, Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ boats, UMASS took home the Jack & Nancy Seitz Trophy (women's point trophy) for the third consecutive season finishing with 28 points. Drexel finished second with 19 points while Duquesne finished in third place with 14 points.  
About Jefferson  
Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing our academic and clinical entities. Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.  
Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 17 outpatient and urgent care locations, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey. Together, these facilities serve nearly 73,000 inpatients, 239,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia. Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties. Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township.  
Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. 
For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit 

Content reviewed and published: 5/19/2016 6:44:10 AM
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