DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake rowing team announced its 2012-13 schedule today. Coming off their first conference title in school history, the Bulldogs will host three home races and participate in 12 races this upcoming season.
"We're very excited about our upcoming 2012-13 rowing season," Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. "Our team had great results last year, but now it's time to look ahead."
The fall season will start at home with the Head of the Des Moines Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 29 and conclude at home with the Creighton Dual on Saturday, Nov. 10. Sandwiched in between the two home races will be trips to the Head of the Mississippi Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 7 in St. Paul, Minn. and the Head of the Iowa Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Iowa City.
The spring season will start at the Wichita State dual on Saturday, March 16, then will make their annual trip to Tulsa, Okla. for a dual race on Friday, March 22. Drake will travel to Connecticut, Michigan and Nebraska for their next three races before wrapping up the regular season with a home race, the Drake Invitational, on Saturday, April 20.
Drake will look to defend its conference title at the 2013 MAAC championships in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, April 27. The 2013 season will mark the first time that the MAAC champion will qualify for the NCAA championships, which will be hosted in Lake Lanier, Ga. from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.
"This is an exciting time for women's rowing as this year starts the automatic qualifier in rowing," DiSilvestro said. "This means if we win our conference championship; we'll be going to the NCAA's in May. While this is the end goal for us, we know we have a long hard season in front of us with many great regattas. I know the team is excited to meet all the challenges we face and so are the coaches."
The 2012-13 season will be DiSilvestro's 20th season leading the Bulldog program. He was named the 2012 MAAC head coach of the year.