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Bulldogs Travel To Philadelphia For the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: May 08, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA - The Drake University rowing team heads to the city of brotherly love for the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta as the Bulldogs compete on the Schuylkill River this weekend. The races will be shown live on

Sophomore Jacque Nowers (Ames, Iowa) (coxswain), sophomore Maggie Benhart (St. Charles, Ill.), senior Brittany Michael (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), freshman Katie Serbin (Hannibal, Mo.) and junior Jessica Nightser (Council Bluffs, Iowa) will race in the Division I women’s open weight 4+ race Friday morning at 8:40 a.m.

Drake will have College of New Jersey, Ohio University, Loyola, Jacksonville, Cincinnati in its heat Friday morning. If the Bulldogs are able to advance out they move on to the semifinals which take place Saturday morning.

“We have had some really good practices these last two weeks out on the water and have being making some good improvement,” Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. “We are excited to head back east and race some of the top teams not just from the United States but from Canada as well. The Dad Vail committee does an outstanding job making this the premier rowing event in the country.”

The Aberdeen Dad Vail is the largest college regatta in North America and it first started in 1934. The race course is 2,000 meters, which is an Olympic length course, and features six race lanes. The Dad Vail features approximately 150 different races.

This will be the final race of the season for the team.

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