PHILADELPHIA -- The Sacramento State women's rowing squad will look to repeat as Dad Vail Regatta champions this Friday-Saturday, May 13-14, on the Schuylkill River. The Hornets won last season's Dad Vail Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight title for the second time in school history, and this year, the squad will have an opportunity to win the event on ESPN3's live and free video stream.
Held annually since 1953 in Philadelphia, the Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States that includes colleges and Universities from the U.S. and Canada. Over 100 schools and more than 3,000 student-athletes will compete at this week's event.
On Saturday, ESPN3 will begin airing each of the regatta's finals at 10 a.m. PDT. The broadcast of the finals will include two camera boats catching the action from the Schuylkill River. Seven wired cameras, two wireless cameras in the stands and four 40-to 80-foot booms equipped with cameras will capture the races from every angle possible.
In last year's final, despite battling winds that howled up to 40 miles per hour on the course, Sacramento State's 2,000-meter time of 7:02.52 bested St. Joseph's, Drexel, Purdue and Buffalo among others. In fact, the Hornets' varsity eight had to wait out an hour and a half wind delay before winning the Evelyn Bergman Trophy for the second time in school history.
Sacramento State will begin heat racing on Friday at 8 a.m. PDT against Fordham, William & Mary, George Mason, Villanova and Loyola. The top two times from that heat will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at either 6:19 a.m., 6:25 a.m. or 6:31 a.m. PDT. The final will take place at 1:13 p.m. PDT.