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FIT Panthers Will Row in Front of Large Contingent at Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
By Eddie Levin 
 
When the Florida Institute of Technology Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight hits the historic Schuylkill River on May 10-11 for the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, celebrating its 75th Anniversary, they will do so in front of a large contingent that hopes to see their crew snap the two-year reign of the University of Michigan. 
 
For the past two years, the Panthers have come thisclose finishing just hundreths of a second behind the Wolverines. 
 
“I don’t think the second place finishes have much bearing on our approach to winning the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta,” said head coach Jim Granger. “While every year is unique in terms of scheduling, lineups and preparation the one constant is that our goal is to win.” 
 
Part of the FIT contingent will include all of the members of the 1988 Varsity Heavyweight Crew, the last team at FIT to win the Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight. This coxswain of this year’s men’s eight is Jessica Mellinger, the niece of Jim McDevitt, a member of the 1988 boat. The only other boat to win a Aberdeen Dad Vail gold was the 1982 Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight that included Mike McDevitt. 
 
Granger said, “I don’t think there will be added pressure. We were in the same position four years ago with the anniversary for the 1984 boat and it did not impact us at all. I think for the alumni making the trek it will be a good experience to watch the crews perform well. If we win it will be a good moment for the FIT community.” 
 
When the action begins, the Panthers hope to bring home the gold to cap off another successful campaign, which included a second place finish at the GW Invitational and winning their fourth SIRA (Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association) title in the past five years. 
 
“It has been a good year,” Granger said. “I would have liked to have beaten Georgetown at the GW invitational but other than that, I think our crews have performed well. 
 
This year, Florida Tech will participate in the Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight, Men’s Varsity Four, Men's Novice Eight, Women’s Pair, Women’s Single and Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight. 
 
 
 
About Aberdeen Asset Management 
 
Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (Aberdeen) is an asset management group, which invests as a traditional, fundamental investor on behalf of institutional clients, advisers and individuals globally across all major asset classes. Aberdeen has assets under management of approximately $322.4 billion (as of March 31, 2013). Aberdeen was established via a management buyout in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1983, and today, operates in 23 countries around the world, employing over 2,000 staff. Aberdeen champions first-hand research and believes close teamwork is the best means to discover investments for their client’s portfolios. Aberdeen is involved in sponsorships in which it can actively get involved and make a difference through an event, individual or team. Aberdeen’s current sponsorship portfolio includes both amateur and professional properties across a number of sports including, golf, sailing, rugby, field hockey and rowing. Aberdeen is also involved with a number of cultural and arts sponsorships. 
 
For more information about Aberdeen Asset Management visit: 
 
http://www.aberdeen-asset.us 
 

Content reviewed and published: 5/10/2013 3:40:59 PM
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