Philadelphia, PA- It takes a motivated individual to compete in collegiate rowing, and the 2010-11 season was no exception for the student-athletes on the Philadelphia University’s men’s and women’s rowing teams. Fifth-year Head Coach Chris O’Brien helmed his squads to another solid season.
Both teams wrapped up the season at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in mid-May where the men's V4 took fifth of 54 boats in their Grande final heat of six boats. The PhilaU boat finished fifth out of 54 crews in the regatta. For the women at Dad Vails, the V8 finished third in the petite finale.
At the PhilaU Invitational, the day was highlighted by two overall wins for the Rams, a women's V8 win (7:44) and men's V4 victory (7:08). In the Kerr Cup, the men’s V4 won their heat (6:31) to advance to the final, where they bested Rutgers, Villanova, Drexel and Fordham with a 6:26 finish to take the title. On the women's side, the V8 took third (6:50), beating out Army, Drexel, VCU and Richmond.
Another season-high was at Washington College, as the men's V4 won the first event of the day, as PhilaU (7:27) beat out WC by 15 seconds (7:42). On the women's side, the V8 took second (8:17) in between WC 'A' (7:48) and WC 'B' (8:47).
The Rams began their spring season in sunny Florida, where the men's and women's rowing teams spent their spring break at the Canal 54 Regatta in Miami. The Rams went head to head with several top rowing teams from across the country including Barry University, Nova Southeastern, Columbia, Florida Tech, Central Oklahoma and Jacksonville.