Dad Vail Regatta Preview (May 7th-8th)

NCAA DII Women's Rowing Championship '09
NCAA DII Women's Rowing Championship '09

*Courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer

When: Friday and Saturday.

Where: On the Schuylkill, northwest of Boat House Row.

Billed by organizers as the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, the 72d edition of the event is expected to have more than 100 schools competing. The two-day regatta featured 122 teams last year. Kelly Drive is closed to traffic from Thursday morning until Saturday evening.

Among local teams expected to race are Temple, Bryn Mawr, Drexel, Haverford, La Salle, Villanova, Philadelphia University, Rutgers-Camden, St. Joseph's, and Delaware.

Friday: Qualifying races are scheduled to start at 7 a.m. and continue through 5:48 p.m.

PhilaU Men’s V4                  7:00 a.m.
PhilaU Women’s V4            8:10 a.m.
PhilaU Women’s V8            11:05 a.m.

Saturday: The semifinals are set to start at 7 a.m., and the finals to begin at 1p.m. Of the featured races, the women's varsity eight final is scheduled for 4:29 p.m., and the men's varsity eight is set for 4:51.

The 2,000-meter course starts near Hunting Park Drive and flows south to the Columbia Avenue railroad bridge.

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