UMASS Women Look to Make History at 2016 Dad Vail Regatta
By Ed Levin
Director of Publicity
Dad Vail Regatta
Philadelphia, PA, (April 11, 2016) - The UMASS Women’s Rowing team will head to Philadelphia this year for the 78th annual Dad Vail Regatta presented by The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 in hopes of rowing into the Dad Vail and school history books at an event Coach Jim Dietz holds in the highest regard.
When the team arrives at the banks of the Schuylkill River, the Minutewomen will be looking to join Buffalo University (2008, 2009, 2010) as the only crews since 2000 to win the Jack & Nancy Seitz Trophy (Women’s overall point winner) three consecutive years.
They also are hoping to become just the second crew since 1976 to win the Evelyn Bergman Cup (Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight) at least five times joining Western Ontario (1977, 1981, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1997) in the exclusive club.
“The Dad Vail Regatta is always a highlight of our racing season,” said Dietz, who is in his 22nd year at the helm. “The enormity and grandeur of the event alone leads the athletes to view it as a most significant and prestigious event to win. The fact that we have won four Varsity 8 titles over the years demonstrates the importance the athletes put on the race.”
Senior Allanah Rubi-Mooney, who sits in the bow seat for the varsity heavyweight eight added, “It meant an incredible amount winning last year. It was a humbling end result to our endless sprint prep season. Dad Vail was a successful close on a regional level and another step towards our NCAA mindset at a national level. It was also an extremely rewarding experience; we felt challenged going into each race, whether final or heat, and not knowing the capabilities of the other crews we were up against. Each crew carried a high level of competition, so it was a great opportunity for our team to compete on such a grand stage. When we crossed the finish line past the grandstands first for the second year in a row, it was as if time stopped and the picture of the beautiful bridge and race course was meant to be remembered."
In addition to winning the Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight last year, UMASS won the Varsity Heavyweight Four and the JV Heavyweight Eight along with a third place finish in the Frosh/Novice Four and a fourth place finish in the Women’s Collegiate Single.
With a chance to make history at an event that holds a special place in Dietz’s heart, the preparation will remain the same for a regatta that emphasizes team concept
With most regattas turning their focus on the eights and fours, Dad Vail comes at the right time for a coach that searches out opportunities for his full roster to compete towards earning an award that would not be possible without contributions from his entire roster.
Most Division I rowing teams need to carry at least 65 athletes to be successful at that level,” said Dietz. “The NCAA Championships only allows for 2 – 8+and a 4+ which is less than a third of my team. The team concept at the Dad Vail gives opportunity and value to every member of my team from novice to varsity. That helps build the synergy of my entire squad. Having known Jack and Nancy Seitz, taking the women’s overall point trophy has special meaning for me and was a great accomplishment for the team."
When the schedule turns to May and students are preparing for summer break, Dietz and his staff keep everything simple as the student-athletes prepare to defend their crown.
“I often have to remind them to stay focused,” Dietz said. “For many going to Dad Vail is similar to a little child going to the circus for the first time. There is so much happening that you can easily get distracted. Stay focused and you will get the most out of this great experience.”
Mooney’s rowing experience at Dad Vail echoed her coach’s message to the younger kids when she said, “I try to convey ultimate preparedness. Anything subpar to being completely prepared for a race is less than the boat's best ability to come in first place."
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 www.jefferson.edu.
Content reviewed and published: 5/10/2016 7:57:05 AM
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