Blasting through the starting buoys at thirty-eight strokes per minute, the Delaware Lightweight Eight methodically reeled in the U.S. Naval Academy in the Men’s Lightweight Eight at the Navy Day Regatta. Pulling ahead of the Midshipmen past the Columbia Avenue bridge and leading through to the end. Senior coxswain Tristan Snow called the crew up to a furious thirty-nine strokes per minutes to win. The Blue Hens captured a massive victory, finishing ahead of Navy and the University of Pennsylvania by 3 and 9 seconds, respectively.
Delaware’s Second Varsity Lightweight Eight completed the course eighth out of thirteen, with the Third Varsity, after suffering a minor collision earlier in the race, finished in eleventh with
the Fourth Varsity rounding out the pack in twelfth. The Lightweight Freshmen Eight finished eighth in their event.
Earlier in the morning, the top four athletes in the Second Eight broke into their Lightweight Four combination that will race next weekend at the Head of the Charles. The Hens
finished fifth, behind four entries from Navy and ahead of three entries from Pennsylvania. For the heavyweight competition, both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Eights finished fifth in
their respective events. The Junior Varsity raced ahead of West Point, Temple, and La Salle, only falling to Drexel and Navy. Despite struggling in a rough outing, the Varsity Eight held off
Temple, West Point, Rutgers, and Ever Green Boat Club across the line, only being beaten by Drexel, Saint Joseph’s, and the Naval Academy. The Heavyweight Eight seeks to rebound and
improve in the next week leading up to the competition in Boston.
Delaware’s Lightweight Eight, Lightweight Four, and Collegiate (Heavyweight) Eight will all spend another week building speed before departing to race at the 53rd Head of the Charles
Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 21 and 22.
First Four: Fifth (14:16.09)
Second Four: Ninth (15:49.21)
First Varsity – First (12:11.19)
Second Varsity – Eighth (12:56.50)
Third Varsity – Eleventh (13:11.00)
Fourth Varsity – Twelfth (13.14.30)
Freshmen Eight: Eight (13:34.83)
Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight: Fifth (13:13.9)
Varsity Heavyweight Eight: Fifth (12:48.21)