Varsity Crews Achieve Unprecedented Results at The Head of the Charles

This year’s Head of the Charles marked the 50th anniversary for the famous regatta. Such a monumental year for both the regatta and the rowing community called for results of the same caliber from the University of Delaware crews.

The team sent two boats up to Boston for the regatta.  The Varsity Heavyweight 8 competed in the Collegiate 8 event while the Varsity Lightweight 8 competed in the Lightweight 8 event. The Heavyweight 8, in a field of 44 crews, finished in 5th place, behind Michigan, Hobart, Grand Valley, and Virginia.  The top-five performance earned them the best finish in the Collegiate 8 event in Delaware Men’s Crew history. About one hour later, the Varsity Lightweight 8 took to the course to attempt to follow up with another strong race.  The Lightweight 8, in a field of 27 crews, earned a 4th place finish in the Lightweight 8 event, behind Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell. The fourth place finish once again secured the best finish in the Lightweight 8 event in Delaware Men’s Crew history.

HOCR 2014 Pic

After a record setting week in Boston, the Heavyweights look forward to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on October 25, while the Lightweights prepare for the Princeton Chase on October 26.

Check out our feature in the University of Delaware’s The Review!

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Delaware Crew Opens Its Fall Season With a Successful Navy Day Regatta

The University of Delaware Men’s Crew team traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River.  Both a tail wind and tail current called for some relatively fast conditions.

The Freshman/Novice squad welcomed the opportunity to compete in their first collegiate race.  For some, it was an opportunity to experience their very first crew race, for others, it was a transition from high school racing, to college-level racing.  Rowing in mixed boats, the Freshman/Novice crews finished in the 10th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 26th, and 28th places in a field of 28 crews.

On the Varsity side, the Heavyweights, as a whole, demonstrated that they are headed in the right direction and can compete with some of the country’s top crews.  The Varsity 8 finished 7th in a field of 26 crews. Their time of 12:45 put them ahead of strong Dad Vail competitors such as St. Josephs, Temple, Rutgers, Lehigh, and La Salle.  The 2nd Varsity 8 took sixth place in the Men’s Collegiate JV 8 event, only two tenths of a second behind 5th place, Drexel.

The Lightweights had a tremendous showing in the Varsity Lightweight 8 event.  The Varsity Lightweight 8 won the race in dominant fashion, finishing 13 seconds ahead of second place, University of Pennsylvania.  The 2nd Varsity 8 took 3rd place, finishing ahead of all of the Naval Academy’s boats as well as Pennsylvania’s 2nd and 3rd Varsity Lightweight 8’s.  The 3rd Varsity 8 finished in 7th place, ahead of Pennsylvania and Navy’s 3rd Varsity 8s.

For their next races of the season, the Varsity 8 and Lightweight 8 will travel up to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in the Collegiate 8 and Lightweight 8 events at the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta.


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UDMC is Looking for Walk-On-Rowers, No Experience Necessary!





After a championship season, the Delaware Men’s Crew Team is looking for novice rowers for the upcoming 2014-15 seasons. No prior experience is necessary; just a willingness to train in strength and endurance. The majority of our team is composed of walk-ons and as a novice you will be taught all the elements of rowing. It’s a great way to get involved at UD while competing against other prominent rowing programs and traveling the east coast.


Sign up for more information at Club Sports Night on
Tuesday, August the 26th in the Little Bob.


 Interest Meeting: Wednesday, August 27th, at 8PM

In Trabant Theatre (stairs across from PNC bank)


First Practice will be Friday, August 29th
Transportation will be provided to the boathouse in Wilmington DE
Pickup for practice will be behind Russell on Haines Street at 4:00 pm

Visit our Walk-On page for more

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UDMC Summer 2014 Recap

After an unprecedented 2014 Spring racing season, the University of Delaware oarsmen took advantage of the summer to train, work, and relax. For many, the summer welcomed jobs, internships, life guarding, cross training, and rowing. All of our athletes enjoyed their respective summer endeavors, and a handful of Delaware rowers took to the water for a few more months to row for a variety of rowing clubs around the country. Current athletes and alumni of the University of Delaware Men’s Crew team were represented at seven different rowing clubs, competing at various levels of racing. In total, UDMC rowers accounted for thirteen medals at this summer’s championship regattas and earned five Club National Championship titles (results can be seen below). Rowing was not the only thing that defined the summer off-season for UDMC athletes. Alex Shoemaker successfully completed the United States Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School and Joe Mohnack of Brigantine Beach Patrol competed in numerous lifeguard races up and down the coast of the infamous Jersey Shore. With jobs and internships in the books and summer rowing compete, all of our athletes have now returned to campus to begin classes and hit the water. The University of Delaware Men’s crew team will begin the fall racing season with an exhibition race at the Head of the Christina on Sunday, October 5.


Rowing Results

USRowing Elite National Championship:

Colin Ethridge ’11 – Malta Boat Club

      • 2nd Place Lightweight Single

Corey Brown ’16 – Undine Barge Club

      • 2nd Place Lightweight Double
USRowing Club National Championships:

Corey Brown ’16 – Undine Barge Club

      • 1st Place Senior Lightweight Double
      • 1st Place Senior Lightweight Quad
      • 2nd Place Intermediate Lightweight Quad

Becky Lubker ’16 –  Vesper Boat Club

      • 1st Place Men’s Senior Lightweight 8+
      • 1st Place Men’s Senior Lightweight 4+
      • 2nd Place Men’s Intermediate Lightweight 8+
      • 2nd Place Men’s Intermediate Lightweight 4+

Will Roman ’17 –  Vesper Boat Club

      • 2nd Place Intermediate Lightweight 8+
      • 2nd Place Intermediate Lightweight 4+

Mike Senf ’17 – New York Athletic Club

      • 1st Place Intermediate Lightweight 8+
      • 2nd Place Senior Lightweight 8+
      • 3rd Place Intermediate Lightweight Quad
Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Will Purman ’13 – Malta Boat Club

      • 2nd Place Lightweight Single Dash
      • 3rd Place Senior Lightweight Single

Pete Seymour ’08 – Undine Barge Club

      • 2nd Place Senior Men’s Single

Becky Lubker ’16 – Vesper Boat Club

      • 3rd Place Women’s Championship 8+
      • 4th Place Men’s Lightweight 8+
      • 1st Place Women’s Lightweight 8+ Dash
      • 2nd Place Senior Women’s 8+
      • 3rd Place U23 Women’s 8+

Will Roman ’17 – Vesper Boat Club

      • 4th Place Men’s Lightweight 8+

Dad Vail Regatta- Post Heats Update

UDMC will advance 6 boats to semi finals, 1 directly to finals, and race 1 straight final. Schedule for advancing semi finalists will be posted after the semi final results have been posted. Schedule and lane assignment for Saturday is as follows:

7:14 am Event #2 Semi 3 Men’s 1x (top 2 to final)

Todd Summers Lane 5 and Corey Brown Lane 2

7:45 am Event #4 Semi 2 Men’s F/N 4+ (top 2 to final) Lane 5

8:15 am Event #7 Semi 1 Men’s F/N  8+ (top 2 to final) Lane 3

9:15 am Event #13 Semi 1 Men’s Lwt 4+ (top 2 to final) Lane 4

10:15 am Event #22 Semi 1 Men’s Hwt 8+ (top 2 to grand final next 2 to petite final) Lane 2

1:43 pm Event #5 Men’s F/N Lwt 8+ Final Lane 3

3:53 pm Event #18 Men’s Lwt 8+ Final Lane 3

Watch the finals from the UD Alumni tent, spot 15 from 10:30 am!

For the most up to date results and schedules, use UDMC’s mobile site for Dad Vails or follow us on twitter! @delawarecrew




Lightweights Challenge Princeton and Columbia and Prepare for the Dad Vail Regatta

This past weekend, the Delaware Lightweights traveled to Overpeck Park, New Jersey to race the 2nd ranked Princeton Tigers and 3rd ranked Columbia Lions.  The 3V raced first and took third place behind Columbia and Princeton.  In the second race of the day, the 2V fell to both top 2nd Varisty Lightweight eights in the country.  Princeton crossed the line first with Columbia and Delaware following.

In the 1V race, the Blue Hens managed to put together a very competitive race to challenge two of the country’s fastest lightweight boats.  In a tight race, the Columbia Lions emerged victorious, just over two seconds ahead of Princeton and exactly three seconds ahead of Delaware.  This weekend’s highly competitive racing proved that Delaware can challenge any program they are matched against.

This race concludes the duels and leaves the Lightweights with very favorable results and much confidence in their speed.

The Blue Hens will participate in the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia this weekend Lightweights will be represented in numerous events, a detailed schedule is included below. UDMC rowers hope to see friends, parents and alumni supporting the blue hens this weekend as they press for great results as a team, lightweight and heavyweight, in their events.


Dad Vail Regatta Schedule

Friday May 7, 2014

 7:24 am Men’s V. Hvwt Four w/cox (top 2 to semi) Lane 1

This boat is comprised of lightweight rowers from the 2nd and 3rd Varsity 8+

 9:23 am  Men’s Pair without Cox (top 3 to semi) Lane 3

This boat is comprised of lightweight rowers from the 3rd Varsity 8+

10:03 am  Men’s Varsity Hvwt Eight (top 2 to semi next 3 to reps) Lane 4

The Varsity Heavyweight 8+ is rowing in its respective event

11:32 am  Men’s Open Collegiate 1x (top 3 to semi) Lane 2

This event will be rowed by Corey Brown from the 2nd Varsity 8+

12:07 pm Men’s  Open Collegiate 1x (top 3 to semi) Lane 5

This event will be rowed by Todd Summers from the 3rd Varsity 8+

12:13 pm  Men’s Frosh/Novice Four w/Cox (top 2 to semi) Lane 4

This boat is comprised of Freshmen Heavyweight Rowers

 2:31 pm Men’s Lightweight Four w/Cox (top 3 to semi) Lane 3

This boat will be comprised of Lightweight Rowers from the 2rd Varsity 8+

 3:18 pm Men’s Frosh/Novice Hvwt Eight (top 3 to semi) Lane 3

The Freshmen Heavyweight 8+ is rowing in its respective event

4:30 pm  Men’s JV Heavyweight Eight (top 3 to semi) Lane 2

The 2nd Varsity Heavyweight 8+ is rowing in its respective event

5:08 pm Men’s Varsity Lightweight Eight (top 3 to final) Lane 3

The 1st Varsity Heavyweight 8+ is rowing in its respective event.

Saturday May8, 2014

 A follow up article will be posted Friday evening following the final result postings and lane assignments for semi-final and final events. The Freshmen Lightweight 8+ will row a straight final.

 1:43 pm Men’s Frosh/Novice Lwt 8+ Final Brendan Lynch Cup Lane 3

The freshmen Lightweight 8+ will row in its respective event.

Heavyweights Post Competitive Results on the Charles

Saturday, April 26 saw the heavyweight crew face off against MIT, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Rhode Island. The race took place on the Charles River in Boston. The crews began racing early as the rain came down. The first event saw the Varsity Heavyweight Eight face URI, UMass, and MIT. They finished second behind MIT. The 1V gave a courageous effort, posting a strong time of 6:03.7, six seconds off from the MIT 1V. The next event saw the Freshmen Heavyweight Eight racing in the JV event against MIT and UMass. In a close race, the 1F finished two seconds behind MIT.

10178094_10203008245321233_2762505799196541755_n The JV Heavyweight Eight broke down into two fours, and squared off against URI. Due to an equipment failure that prevented proper steering, one of the boats was unable to finish the race. Despite this, they remained competitive before being forced to stop. The other JV four defeated URI by four seconds, and went home winners of the day. Despite losing to MIT, the Heavyweights gave a competitive showing against a Sprints level crew, and plan to return next year for a victory.

Lightweights Challenge U. Penn and Navy on the Schuylkill

This weekend, the lightweights traveled to Philadelphia to race on the historic Schuylkill River racecourse.  The Blue Hens took on University of Pennsylvania and Navy in a series of three races including the freshman, 3rd Varsity, 2nd Varsity, and 1st Varsity eights.

The Freshman 8 kicked off the races early in the afternoon.  Penn jumped out to an early lead and maintained their speed to win it on their home course. Navy was second, with Delaware finishing third.

The Delaware 2V and 3V raced Navy’s 2V in the second race of the afternoon.  The 3V took Lane 1, the 2V took Lane 2, and Navy’s 2V raced in Lane 3.  All three crews came off the line fast.  The 2V held strong with Navy for the first part of the race however, Navy was able to build on their lead throughout the course of the race and take 1st place with the 2V finishing six seconds back.  The 3V finished in 3rd  place.

The final race of the day consisted of the 1st Varsity 8’s of Penn, Navy, and Delaware.  All three crews jumped off the line at a fast pace.  At the 1000-meter mark, Navy was ahead of Delaware by only a few seats. Penn was in third, a few seats behind Delaware.  The Fightin’ 150s were able to maintain composure throughout the second half of the race and walk through Navy with a very strong sprint.  Delaware finished in 1st  place, 3 seconds ahead of 9th ranked Navy and 4 seconds ahead of 7th ranked Penn.


The Lightweights will conclude their 2014 dual racing season next week as they face Columbia and Princeton at Overpeck Park, New Jersey.

UDMC Travels to Oak Ridge Tennessee for SIRA Regatta

The Varsity Heavyweights and Freshmen/Novice crews traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta. The first day of racing was composed of heats, and took place on Friday, April 18. After weigh-ins, the Freshmen Lightweight Four competed in a time trial for placement in the A Final. A highly competitive Novice Heavyweight Eight lined up next, but were unfortunately disqualified from the regatta after receiving two official warnings. The Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight took the field next. Faced with an extremely difficult heat, the JV fought and finished 4th in front of Rollins and behind Purdue, Virginia, and Florida Tech, advancing to the B Final. Racing late in the day, the Varsity Heavies came in second in their heat behind Temple to advance to the semifinals.

The next day saw the semifinals and finals. The Varsity Heavies finished 4th in their semi, and advanced to the B Final. The Novice lightweight Four finished 3rd overall in the A Final. In an exciting finish, the 2nd Novice Eight beat Purdue by a fraction of a second to win their final. The JV Heavies showed their strength and won the B Final, coming from fourth place with 500 meters left and sprinting into first by less than a second. Next up, the V8 won the B Final, posting a time faster than three crews in the A Final. This finished up UDMC’s showing in the regatta.

The Heavyweights will be traveling to Boston to take on MIT, and hope to make a name for themselves with a win. The Lightweights will be racing in Philadelphia against Navy and Princeton, and expect a quality race.

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UDMC Fields 8 Boats and Advances 5 Boats to the Grand Finals at Knecht Cup

This past weekend, the entire University of Delaware Men’s Crew team traveled to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey to compete in the Knecht Cup. The team fielded eight boats in the regatta, with five advancing to the grand final.


Both the 1st Varsity Heavyweights and Lightweights competed in the Varsity Heavyweight 8 event.  Both boats raced in separate heats, late Saturday morning.  The lightweights took 2nd in their heat behind Ithaca. The heavyweights also placed 2ndin their respective heat behind Bucknell.  Both boats advanced to the semi finals.  In the semis, the lightweights finished in 2nd place behind Drexel, to advance to the Grand Final.  The heavyweights also took 2nd place behind Ithaca, securing a spot in the Grand Final.  The Grand Final included extremely competitive heavyweight crews such as Hobart, Drexel, Ithaca, and Bucknell.  Both Delaware boats raced in the outside lanes, 1 and 2. The lightweights managed to sprint through Bucknell in the last 500 meters of the race to finish in 4th place behind Hobart, Drexel, and Ithaca. The Heavyweights crossed the line under 3 seconds behind Bucknell, in 6th place.



The 2nd Varsity Eight event featured both the Delaware Heavyweight 2V and Lightweight 2V.  Both Delaware boats were placed in the same heat, Saturday afternoon along with Drexel, United States Military Academy, and Washington College.  Drexel took an early lead while the Delaware Heavies and Lights were left to battle it out for 2nd place.  In a very aggressive race, the lightweights took 2nd place, with the heavyweights finishing right behind in 3rd place.  The lightweights advanced to the Grand Final while the Heavyweights advanced to the Petite Final.  In the Petite Final, the heavyweights crossed the finish line in 3rd place behind Rollins College and Boston College and ahead of Rutgers, St. Joes, and USMA.  In the Grand Final, the lightweights managed to sprint through Trinity College for 5th place behind Drexel, Hobart, Marist, and Bucknell.

The 2nd and 3rd Freshman 8′s competed in the 2nd Frosh/Novice Eight event.  The event was a straight final with just three entries.  The 2F finished in 2nd place behind Drexel while the 3F took 3rd.   The 3V lightweights raced in the Club 8 event this weekend.  The event featured two Saturday Heats with the top two boats from each heat plus the next two fastest times advancing to the final.  Delaware was able to win their heat late in the day on Saturday and secure a spot in the Final along with Lafayette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Fordham, and Boston College.  In the final, Delaware finished in 2nd place, behind Lafayette.

The 1st Freshman 8 competed in a field of 17 boats in the Frosh/Novice 8 event.  Delaware won their heat to advance to the semi finals.  In the semis, Delaware took 1st again, securing a spot in the Grand Final with Bucknell, Marietta, St. Joes, Drexel, and Boston College.  In the Grand Final, the 1F managed to beat defending Dad Vail Champs, Drexel to take 2nd place behind a strong Bucknell crew.

With every Delaware boat advancing to a final and five boats qualifying for the Grand final, this weekend shows that Delaware is a serious contender for the Men’s Points Trophy at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta from May 9-10.

UDMC would like to thank all of the Parents and Alumni who came out to support the Fightin’ Blue Hens this weekend!

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