Philadelphia, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr Rowing team made some new history earlier Friday afternoon with an incredible performance at the final day of the Dad Vail Regatta. After qualifying for the final of the Women's DIII Varsity Eight event with a great showing yesterday, the Owls capitalized on their opportunity by taking home the first ever bronze medal from the regatta with a third place finish in the grand finals today.
From the starting horn, boats from Marietta and Rochester got out to an early lead. Bryn Mawr had a quick start as well, and had moved into the third position by the 500 meter mark. Just before the 1000 meter mark, the Rochester "B" boat attempted to make a move on the Owls, closing the gap between third and fourth quickly. Bryn Mawr responded with a strong move of their own to hold off their challenge, and in doing so moved themselves to within one length of the Rochester "A" boat for second place. In the final 400 meters of the race, Rochester was just able to hold off Bryn Mawr to take the penultimate spot behind Marietta, while Bryn Mawr came in a close third. That finish earned the Owls a bronze medal for the first time ever at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Bryn Mawr's finishing time in the grand finals was 7:05.99, by far their fastest time of the weekend at the regatta. That was just seconds back of Rochester, who came home in a time of 6:56.43. Fellow MARC foe Marietta claimed the victory with a time of 6:52.36. Rochester's "B" boat, St. John Fisher, and the Marietta "B" boat closed out the finishers in the event.
Today's finish is the cherry on top of one of the greatest rowing seasons of all time at Bryn Mawr. The Owls close out their campaign having collected four top-five finishes in the spring, including their first ever bronze medals at both the MARC Championships and at the prestigious Dad Vail. Look for Bryn Mawr to continue this terrific run when the team gets back in the water next fall for the 2015-16 campaign!