PHILADELPHIA – The MSOE rowing team had a tremendous performance this weekend at the Dad Vail Regatta, posting its best-ever finish in the Varsity 4 and posting a final win with the Open 2X in the Petite Final Saturday on the Schuylkill River.
The Raiders fielded their largest group of entries ever at the Dad Vails and were not disappointed.
The Varsity 4 got off to a strong start Friday with a fourth-place finish in the opening heats out of 30 boats. The crew posted its fastest-ever 2000-meter time of 6:18.756 and was within three seconds of the top spot. After taking second in a tight semifinals heat, finishing 1.256 seconds out of first and 0.175 seconds ahead of third, the team qualified for the Thomas A. Curran Cup Grand Finals Saturday. In the finals, the Red & White posted its best-ever finish at the regatta, taking fourth in 6:32.096
Seniors Marcel Bruns and Carsten Schulz formed the team's Open 2X (without coxswain) entry and blew away the competition in the Petite Final. The German exchange students narrowly missed out on the Grand Final with a time of 7:14.339 in the opening heat. They were just 0.075 seconds out of the second qualifying place. In the Petite Final, the pair rowed a time of 7:11.384 to win the event by nearly 12 full seconds (11.951).
MSOE had three more entries take second on Saturday in their Third Finals, with the JV 4 and Open 2 (with a cox) each taking second. The JV 4 crew took 14th/20 teams in the opening heat with a time of 6:45.010 before taking fifth in the semifinals. On Saturday, the boat posted a time of 7:06.332 for second place. In the Open 2, it was a fifth-place showing Friday, followed by second in the Third Final with a time of 7:48.175, an improvement of over six seconds over the first race.
The Women's Lightweight 4 competed in the Robert Espeseth Trophy Grand Final, finishing third with a time of 7:45.832, edging LaSalle by 0.204 seconds for its place. Rounding out the finalists was the Novice 4, which placed fourth in the third final with a time of 7:13.147. That crew had opened with a 15th-place finish out of 29 boats on Friday before a sixth-place finish in the semifinals.
The Raiders will now await word on a possible invitation to the IRA Championships June 1-3 in New Jersey. MSOE made five-straight appearances at the national championships from 2012-16.