The Drexel University men’s and women’s crew teams put on an impressive performance this past weekend at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and the Princeton 3-Mile Chase.
The team won twice on the Schuylkill river in Drexel’s own backyard Oct. 28. The Drexel women’s freshmen eight boat placed first in their race to give the Dragons a win. Clara Fancher, Makayla Wenzke, Danielle Mervine, Isabella D’Angelo, Jeannie McGill, Abby Citta, Cassie Waters, Lauren Graft and Brooke Gimaro finished with a time of 15:54.614 in front of Duquesne University and the University of Connecticut finishing at 15:59.316 and 16:24.378, respectively.
The other boat that came away with a victory for Drexel was the men’s second varsity eight A racing in the Sandra Lee Sheller II boat. Malcolm Newman, Colin Stewart, Justin Terek, Ryan Gasparini, Yunus Bora Yenen, Anthony Williams, Matt Reilly, Bryce Rosicky and Dimitrije Regodic blew the competition out of the water, finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of the University of Pennsylvania who took second place. The men’s finishing time was 13:28.074.
In the men’s freshman eight race, both of Drexel’s teams finished in the top five. Drexel’s men’s freshman eight A raced in the Joseph Greipp boat to finish in second behind Saint Joseph’s University. The Dragons came very close to first with their time just a second behind that of St. Joe’s. The B boat finished in fifth place.
The women’s second varsity eight team raced in the Cara Fry boat and finished in third place behind Penn and Hamilton College. The Dragons finished with a time of 15:50.194.
In the championship races, the men’s varsity eight finished in fifth while the women’s varsity eight finished in third. The women raced in the Alleva XVII boat and finished with a time of 15:31.878. The men raced in the Lois Krall II boat and finished with a time of 13:17.175.
The Dragons faced some steep competition Oct. 29 competing on Lake Carnegie at the Princeton Chase.
The men’s varsity eight A team raced in the Lois Krall II boat on the course against some of best crew teams in the country. The boat’s finishing time was 12:57.900 which placed them 10th. In the same race, Drexel’s B and C boats finished in 20th and 37th.
In the women’s varsity eight race, Drexel had three boats racing out of 52 boats. The B boat raced in the Cara Fry boat to finish in 29th with a time of 15:24.203. The A and C boats finished in 32nd and 47th, respectively.
The Dragons will complete their fall season with a trip to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey to compete in the Frostbite Regatta Nov. 11.