The Saint Joseph’s women’s rowing team was led by the Second Varsity 8 at the 2019 Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta.
That boat won the Second Final as it posted a time of 6:42.56 to defeat A-10 foe Duquesne, using a great row to beat the field by more than a length in open water. “We are looking forward to seeing what they can do at A-10s,” said head coach Gerry Quinlan.
The crews faced a strong headwind and chop in Friday’s races but perfect conditions on Saturday.
“We had some ups and downs. We are very young across the board and we learned a lot this weekend, just in time to taper down for the A10s next Saturday, “ said the coach.
The Hawks had three boats compete in the Third Finals, with the Freshman 8 finishing second in its race, the Varsity 8 taking third place and the Varsity 4 placing fourth.
The Varsity 8 struggled in Friday’s conditions to reach the Third Final. On Saturday, they hit a buoy off the start to lose an oar, but got it right back and fought hard through the finish, coming through the field to battle for the lead and finish a strong third.
The Freshman 8, comprised of walk-ons, had three solid rows during the regatta while the Varsity 4 also had three very good races and just missed qualifying for the Petite Final.
SJU’s boatings were:
The Hawks will compete for the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday, May 18 at Cooper River.