Dragons Ready to Roar at Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
By Eddie Levin
Winning back-to-back titles in any sport is very difficult. Rowing is no exception as Drexel University enters the 76th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta looking to become just the second team in 13 years to repeat as champions in the men’s varsity heavyweight eight division.
A long-time participant in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, North America’s largest intercollegiate rowing event, the Dragons capped off last year’s Diamond Jubilee event in historic fashion winning the men’s varsity heavyweight eight title for the first time in school history.
“With so much great competition coming from this region and across the country, it was a great accomplishment for that boat and the entire program,” said Paul Savell, Director of Men’s and Women’s Rowing at Drexel University.
Senior Sebastian Ryan, who rows in the 4th seat added, “It meant everything to win the men’s varsity heavyweight eight. It’s been our ultimate goal.”
Last year’s success was not limited to just the men’s varsity heavyweight eight. First-place finishes by the Men’s Freshman/Novice Heavyweight Eight; Men’s Pair w/o coxswain; Women’s JV Heavyweight Eight and the Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Four w/o coxswain helped the Dragons accumulate enough points to claim the overall points crown.
“Winning the overall points trophy was an amazing accomplishment for our program,” Savell said. “In order to win that trophy you have to have good team depth and each of our boats contributed to the team’s overall success.”
"I have complete confidence in head coach Paul Savell, his coaching staff, and our student-athletes. Everyone at Drexel University, from President John Fry - who attended last year's regatta - to the Board of Trustees, our entire athletics department, as well as our alumni and parents, are so proud of our men and women's crew teams. I want our student-athletes to know that they are always rowing with the current at Drexel," said Athletic Director and Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee Board Member Dr. Eric Zillmer.
Not a group to be satisfied with its past success, the Dragons picked up where they left off in the spring with a successful fall campaign.
Drexel looking for continued success
The men’s varsity heavyweight eight took most of the headlines in the fall winning gold in the Head of the Charles Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in consecutive weeks before finishing the fall in fine fashion by winning gold in the Frostbite Regatta.
“It was an unbelievable fall,” said Ryan. “We are not resting on our laurels. We are staying humble and trying to get an edge on our competition.”
Savell added, “It was great to see the team continue to work so hard and have that kind of success.”
On the women’s side, the Freshman Four captured gold at the Head of the Schuylkill while the Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight took home the bronze at the Head of the Charles before ending their fall campaign capturing gold at the Frostbite Regatta.
With the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta less than 90 days away, Drexel hopes to build on its success in the fall and duplicate last year’s results in front of an enthusiastic crowd that will include Drexel staff, family members, friends and classmates.
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