After a few months away from collegiate competition, the Drexel men’s and women’s crew teams are set for their first race of the 2013-14 season. The Dragons will travel to the Navesink River in Rumson, N.J., Sept. 28 for the fourth annual Rumson Boat Race. The race will also feature crew teams from the United States Military Academy, Villanova University and Rutgers University.
The Drexel crew teams come into the new season with high expectations, coming off a season to remember. The Dragons ended their 2012-13 season in top form with strong finishes in the Dad Vail Regatta, IRA Championships and Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
For both the men’s and women’s teams, the offseason has brought back strong veteran leaders, all of whom will be in the spotlight at Rumson. The women will have 29 returning rowers from last season, including Alyssa Leahy, Tori King and Colleen Delaney, who all received Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team honors following last season.
The men will have 35 rowers returning from last season, including Ian Luetzow, who competed for the U.S. men’s eight at the World University Games in Russia over the summer.
The new season will begin in a familiar place for the Dragons, as they have opened their fall campaign on the Navesink River for the past three years. Drexel has enjoyed great success the past two years at the regatta, taking first place in six out of eight total events.
Last year, the Dragons placed first in three out of four events at Rumson. Both the men’s and women’s top eights took home the Governor’s Cup, while the women’s second varsity eight secured the Mayor’s Cup. Drexel will go into the race looking to begin another successful campaign.