Shoremen Finish Season with Semifinal Appearances at Dad Vail Regatta
All Three Boats Advance to Semifinals
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Washington College men's rowing team finished its 2011-12 season at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, held yesterday and today on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. All three of the Shoremen's boats entered at the regatta - the varsity four, frosh/novice four, and varsity pair - advanced to their respective semifinals.
The Shoremen's frosh/novice four was second of six boats in its heat 7:15.266, competing against five boats from Division I schools. Michigan won the race in 7:05.012. Loyola was third in 7:22.458, Fordham was fourth in 7:35.792, Stony Brook was fifth in 8:05.603, and Georgia Tech was sixth in 8:27.548. In its semifinal, the novice four was third of six boats, missing a berth in the final by one spot. The Shoremen finished in 6:56.034. Virginia won the race in 6:50.627, Seattle Pacific was second in 6:50.956, Villanova was fourth in 6:57.541, Purdue was fifth in 7:00.054, and Marietta was sixth in 7:07.328. Washington and Marietta were the only two boats from Division III institutions in the race.
The Shoremen's varsity four was second in its six-boat heat in 6:52.886 to advance to the semifinals, beating four boats from NCAA Division I institutions. Grand Valley State won the heat in 6:50.847. Purdue was third in 6:56.447, Virginia Commonwealth fourth in 6:57.572, Iona fifth in 6:58.142, and William and Mary sixth in 7:22.851. In its semifinal, the varsity four was fifth in 6:51.167. Emory won the race in 6:34.831, Cincinnati was second in 6:36.828, Wentworth Tech was third in 6:41.715, Fordham was fourth in 6:46.184, and Vermont was sixth in 6:51.439.
Sophomores Anthony Cairo (Port Murray, NJ/Warren Hills) and Dominic DiMarino (Wilmington, DE/Concord) were second of four boats in the heat of the varsity pair in 7:55.949, racing against three boats from Division I institutions. Stetson won the race in 7:55.949, Villanova was third in 8:09.470, and Fordham was fourth in 8:51.9490. In their semifinal, Cairo and DiMarino were fifth of six boats in 7:26.768. Canadian university Brock won the race in 7:08.851. Grand Valley State was second in 7:13.469, Drexel was third in 7:15.099, New York Maritime was fourth in 7:23.350, and Clemson was sixth in 7:34.628. Washington and New York Maritime were the only two boats from Division III institutions in the race.
Junior Jeff Nutting (Catonsville, MD/Mount St. Joseph) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's varsity four. Junior Robert Storck (Wilton, CT/St. Mark's School [MA]) sat stroke, sophomore Conor Howlett (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant) was in the three seat, Sean Harrison (Richmond, VA/Hazelton Area [PA]) was in the two seat, and junior Parker McIntosh (Berlin, MD/Worcester Prep) was the bow.
Freshman Christie Phebus (Trappe, MD/Easton) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's frosh/novice four. Freshman Ian Briggs (Huntsville, AL/The Gow School [NY]) sat stroke, freshman Andy Sauthoff (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall) was in the three seat, freshman Brian Zohorsky (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) was in the two seat, and freshman Ben Sproule (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) was the bow.