Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia University men's and women's rowing teams will compete in the biggest regatta in North America on Friday and Saturday when the push off at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
For the first time ever, live coverage of the races will be broadcast on TV on 6abc and online at www.espn3.com . The state-of-the-art production 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 arcing over the river for a bird's-eye view of the action.
The PhilaU women's team needs a strong showing in order to get a bid to their fourth-straight NCAA National Championship, which is held in Gold River, CA on May 27th-29th. The NCAA announcement will be made via a selection show webcast at www.ncaa.com on Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. EST.
PhilaU boats in the regatta are: women's V8 and V4, men's 4 and pair.
The 2,000-meter course starts north of the intersection of Hunting Park and Kelly Drives, and goes south to the grandstand finish line near the Columbia Avenue bridge.
Parking: If you drive, plan on parking in the remote lots in Fairmount Park. Go to Kelly Drive and follow the signs to the remote parking areas. Free shuttle buses will pick you up in the parking areas and take you to the race course and Rower's Village. The shuttle buses will be marked "Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta" and will be either London-style double-decker buses or trolley-style buses. There will even be tour guides on some buses.