The Delaware Men’s Crew team had an impressive showing at the 2015 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta with remarkable finishes by both the heavyweight and lightweight teams respectively. The heavyweight Freshman 4 won their heat and semi final and advanced to their final, which they won in an impressive battle with Bowdin and Drexel to take home the Lindy Cup.
The Freshman lightweights–racing in the Freshman heavyweight category—finished 2nd in their heat and advanced to the semi-final where they won their semi and advacnced to the final. They dueled down the course but fell to 2nd place to a fast Drexel crew. An impressive silver for the lightweights racing in a heavyweight category.
The Second Freshman lightweight boat raced in the Freshman Lightweight 8 category and placed 2nd behind a speedy Mercyhurst crew. The Freshman brought home the silver for Delaware.
The Varsity 4—again lightweights racing in a heavyweight category—placed third in their heat and did not advance to the semis. The varsity 4 had the fourth fastest overall time out of the 4 heats but it appears they drew the fastest heat and the odds were not in their favor.
The Men’s Lightweight 4 placed 2nd in their heat and advanced to their semi which they proceeded to win. They raced competitively and finished in 5th in the Grand Final behind a quick Temple crew. The team also fielded entries in the smaller boat classes. In the Men’s single, Reid Cucci made the final and finished in 5th place.
The Heavyweight Varsity 8 placed 2nd in their heat and advanced to a fast semi-final where they placed in third behind a fast Drexel and Virginia. They did not advance to the Grand Final but won the Petite final for the 2nd year in a row.
The Varsity Lightweight boat had an extremely impressive result as they beat their long time rival MIT in an incredible duel down the length of the river. The Lightweight 8 took home the gold and the Thomas W. Loschiavo Trophy. After these impressive finishes at Dad Vails, many rowers continued to row at storied clubs during their summer or cross train in the form of triathalons.