On Friday evening, 19 April 2019, the UMW rowing team headed to Philadelphia to prepare for a full day of rowing Saturday at the Kerr Cup regatta, hosted by Drexel University. Current on the Schuylkill River favored the rowers, but the 10 to 20 mph headwinds made for some tough rowing at times, especially when the waves would break over the gunnels of the boats.
UMW's first event of the morning was a heat race for the men's freshman/novice 4+. There were three heats, with the top two finishers in each heat advancing to the grand final race. UMW placed second in their heat, beating Fordham and West Virginia. The six crews gaining the grand final were Colgate and Loyola (Md) from the first heat, Drexel and New York Maritime from the second heat, and West Point and UMW from the third heat.
UMW's second event of the morning was a heat race for the women's DIII varsity 8+. There were two heats, with the top three finishers in each heat advancing to the grand final, with all other entries racing in the petite final. UMW finished fourth in their heat race behind Franklin & Marshall, St. Mary's, and Johnson & Wales. UMW's heat time was faster than the third-place finisher in the second heat. The other three entries making the grand final were Carnegie Mellon, Bryn Mawr, and Cabrini. The petite final would see UMW, another Bryn Mawr entry, and a second Johnson & Wales entry.
UMW's third event of the morning was a heat race for the men's varsity 8+. There were three heats, each with six entries, with the top two finishers in each heat going to the grand final, the next two finishers in each heat going to the petite final, and the bottom two finishers in each heat going to the third-level final. In UMW's heat, Drexel and Bucknell took the top two spots, followed by West Point and Villanova. Washington College and UMW finished out the two spots for the third-level final. Joining UMW and Washington College in the third-level final were Carnegie-Mellon, Johnson and Wales, Franklin & Marshall, and St Mary's.
In the men's freshman/novice 4+ final, UMW finished in 5th place behind Drexel, Colgate, Loyola, and West Point. New York Maritime Academy finished in 6th place.
In the Women's DIII varsity 8+ petite final, the lady Eagles held on for a strong win over Johnson & Wales and Bryn Mawr, finishing the race in just under 8:00 minutes and with a faster time than two of the boats in the women's DIII varsity 8+ grand final.
In the Men's Varsity 8+ third final won by Washington College, UMW took a very strong third place, less than one second behind second place Franklin and Marshall, and two seconds ahead of fourth place St Mary's. Johnson and Wales took fifth, with Carnegie Mellon scratching from the race.
On Friday evening, 26 April, UMW Rowing will travel to Lewisberry, PA for the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championships to be held on Lake Pinchot on Saturday, 27 April.