Camden, N.J. – The Drexel men's and women's crew team had strong performances in its final competition of the fall season at the 2011 Frostbite Regatta. The Dragons captured six gold and six silver medals on the day.
The women's freshmen four took first in the Dragons first event of the day. The Dawn Byers boat with coxswain Catherine Hamilton, stroke Joy Yingling, Jayme Batcher, Elise Levito, and bow Chelsea Naylor stopped the clock at 8:51.80 ahead of runner up Haverford and Rutgers Camden. Maryland and Oswego State finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The women's freshmen eight, in the John A. Daskalakis, earned first place with a time of 7:22.83. Coxswain Barbara McKenna, stroke Olivia Babiec, Emily Gartland, Meredith Bracken, Sierra Baca, Natalie Moreira, Emma Howard,Amanda Kleuser and bow Bridget Pfeifer finished ahead of West Virginia, Lehigh, Lafayette, Geroge Mason and Scranton.
The women's four, in the Sandra Lee Sheller boat, placed second behind West Virginia. Coxswain Caitlin Meehan, stroke Mollie Cusack, Alyssa Leahy, Caitlin Buser, and bow Elise Panacek crossed the finish line at 8:13.93. CAA's George Mason took third followed by Loyola, Haverford and La Salle.
The women's second and third varsity eight took first and second place. Kerry Walsh coxed the in the Marlene Buckley boat across the finish line at 7:10.33 with teammates Amanda Dargay, Samantha Cowan, Juliana DeMarici,Megan Bush, Julia Jackson, Emily Coyle, Jackie Bender, and bow Asiya Mahmud. The third varsity eight followed in the John A. Daskalakis boat with coxswain Dana Piccoli, stroke, Mollie Cusack, Kathy Cheng, Shannon O'Donnell,Emily Barth, Caitlin Buser, Alyssa Leahy, Jillian Skovran, and bow Elise Panacek.
The top varsity eight boat, in the Marlene Buckley II boat, captured first place in the women's final race of the day. Coxswain Alex Paulin, stroke Sarah Mackenzie, Elizabeth Daugherty, Elizabeth Bratton, Colleen Delaney,Amanda O'Malley, Mallory Sykes, Elizabeth Campanella, and Alexa Antonioli posted a winning time of 6:55.30. West Virginia took second followed by George Mason, La Salle, Lehigh and Philadelphia University respectively.
The men's junior varsity eight scored a top time in the opening event for the men's team. Coxswain Marc Smith, stroke John Pieper, Pete Eyrich, Aleksandar Radovic, Michael Golden, Martin Khait, Brent Basso, Kevin Rorabaugh, and bow Nick Buyse guided the Vince Vidas boat through the finish line in 6:19.02. The junior varsity eight defeated Temple, La Salle, Ithaca, Delaware and Marietta.
The second junior varsity eight boat placed second behind Delaware with a runner-up time of 6:58.40. Jacquelyn Durkin also coxed the Vince Vidas boat along with Adam Cordi, Milos Rujevic, John Luciani, Scott Nordsiek, Peter Rampulla, Brian Kissam, Filip Topalovic, and bow Patrick McGann.
The men's freshmen eight placed, in the 1972 boat, also finished behind the Blue Hens. Coxswain Diana Fox, stroke Butch Eribal, Ryan Mallgrave, James Byrne, Jake Murphy, Oleg Gratwick, Andrew Weinstein, Mahmoud Shurbaji, and bow Matt Gehret posted a second-place time of 7:01.71. Lehigh earned third place followed by Ithaca and Stony Brook.
The men's top freshmen eight boat won first place with a time of 6:15.50 ahead of Marietta. The Peggy Greenawalt boat with Victoria Kenion, stroke Dean Hill, Brian McCabe, Marko Durica, Cameron Staines, Philip Byers, Casimir Czworkowski, Grigorios Papadourakis, and Christian Ladd also crossed the finish line before Delaware, Binghamton, Ithaca, and West Virginia.
The men's second four, in the Tobey & Kim Oxholm boat, crossed the finish line behind Washington College with a time of 7:53.12. The boat featured coxswain Ashley Jordan, stroke John Luciani, Brian Kissam, Peter Rampulla, and bow Scott Nordsiek. The top men's four boat posted third in the following event.
The men's varsity eight dropped a slim advantage to Temple for second place with a time of 6:05.13. Randall Lee coxed the Lois Krall boat with teammates Timothy Drake, Paul Wisniowski, Sebastian Ryan, Vanja Busic, Michael Faust, Lorenzo Albala, Kurt Linton, and bow Will Masters. Ithaca posted third place followed by Delaware and Marietta.
Philadelphia – Despite the wintery weather conditions, Drexel Crew was able to maintain speed and poise on the choppy waters of the Schuylkill at the 2011 Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. The Dragons earned one first place and three second place finishes on the day. Due to severe weather, the varsity eight events scheduled for Saturday afternoon were canceled.
The men's freshmen eight, in the Peggy Greenawalt boat, captured second place with a time of 12:47.51 out of 40 crews. Princeton took first with a time of 12:22.10. The boat included Victoria Kenion, stroke Dean Hill, Brian McCabe, Marko Durica, Cameron Staines, Philip Byers, Casimir Czworkowski, Grigorios Papadourakis, and bow Christian Ladd. Drexel's second freshmen eight boat also placed 15th overall.
The men's second varsity eight took second place in a tightly contested race against the University of Virginia. Virginia posted a top time of 13:01.74 followed by the Dragons at 13:02.33. Marc Smith coxed the Vince Vidas boat with stroke Timothy Drake, Pete Eyrich, Brent Basso, Will Masters, Aleksandar Radovic, Nick Buyse, Kevin Rorabaugh, and bow Pat McGann ahead of 29 opposing crews.
Boston, Mass. – The Drexel men's and women's varsity eights faced strong competition at the 2011 Head of the Charles Regatta. The women placed 31st in the championship women's event, while the men finished 14th out of 40 crews.
The women's eight crossed the finish line at 17:42.97 for 31st place out of 36 boats. The University of Virginia earned first place in the championship women's eight race with a time of 16:11.52 followed by Radcliffe Crew and the University of Michigan respectively. The Marlene Buckley II boat featured coxswain Alexandra Paulin, stroke Sarah Mackenzie, Elizabeth Daugherty, Elizabeth Bratton, Colleen Delaney, Amanda O'Malley, Mallory Sykes, Elizabeth Campanella and bow Alexa Antonioli.
The Lois Krall boat stopped the clock at 15:54.830 for 14th place out of 40 shells. Williams College Boat Club took first place with a time of 15:09.568. University of Virginia Rowing Association finished second followed by Georgia Tech Rowing Club. Drexel's Randall Lee coxed the boat along with stroke Aleksandar Radovic, Vanja Busic, Sebastian Ryan, Lorenzo Albala, Kurt Linton, Michael Golden, Michael Faust, and Matthew Ryan.
The Dragons will return to action on Saturday, October 29 at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.
Philadelphia – Drexel Crew completed its first head competition on the familiar Schuylkill River at the 2011 Navy Day Regatta held on Saturday.
Drexel's novice eight finished second behind Pennsylvania with a time of 14:44.37. Catherine Hamilton coxed the Anna Marie Boat along with stroke Olivia Babiec, Emily Gartland, Meredith Bracken , Sierra Baca, Joy Yingling, Hilary Leifsen, Amanda Kleuser, and bow Bridget Pfiefer passed seven other shells.
The women's second varsity eight also clocked in a second place time behind Pennsylvania. The John A. Daskalakis boat with coxswain Alexandra Paulin, stroke Sarah Mackenzie, Elizabeth Daugherty, Elizabeth Campanella, Mallory Sykes , Amanda O'Malley, Colleen Delaney, Jackie Bender, and bow Asiya Mahmud recorded a runner-up time of 14:23.64.
Rumson, N.J. - Director of Rowing Paul Savell guided three varsity boats to a first place finish in the season opener on Saturday at the Rumson Boat Race held on the Navesink River in Rumson, N.J. Drexel had successful day topping Army, Rutgers, and Villanova on the water.
The women's varsity eight boat had a strong finish and set the tone for Drexel. The Marlene Buckley boat featured Alex Paulin (c), Julia Jackson (s), Colleen Delaney (7), Juliana DeMarici (6), Megan Bush (5), Kayla Wroblesky (4), Emily Coyle (3), Elizabeth Bratton (2), and Asiya Mahmud (b) powered through the finish line at 622.7 topping Army and Villanova.
Drexel's men's varsity eight boat recorded first place with a time of 533.97. The Vince Vidas boat included Randall Lee will cox the Vince Vidas boat along with Kurt Linton (s), Vanja Busic (7), Michael Faust (6), Lorenzo Albala (5), Aleksandar Radovic (4), Matthew Ryan (3), Sebastian Ryan (2), and Patrick McGann (b). The men's second varsity eight race was canceled, but the Annette Pennoni boat still took the water and competed in the same event.
PHILADELPHIA - A total of 85 Temple University student-athletes participated in Thursday’s 124th annual Commencement ceremonies at the Liacouras Center. The Commencement exercises celebrated the achievements of the largest graduating class in Temple history with a total of 6,252 graduates.
Among those participating were women’s basketball team members Qwedia Wallace (Wilmington, N.C.), an Atlantic 10 third-team selection and Big 5 first-team selection, and Marli Bennett (Pilot Mountain, N.C.), an Academic All-Big 5 honoree; men’s basketball’s Micheal Eric (Lagos, Nigeria); All-Mid-Atlantic Region second-team honoree Sarah Dalrymple (Hanover, Pa.) from field hockey; All-MAC selection Elijah “Peanut” Joseph (Hartford, Conn.) and AFCA Good Works Team member Amara Kamara (Newark, N.J.) from football; and lacrosse’s Ann Stouffer (Haddonfield, N.J.), an Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection.
Eric, as well as football’s Matt Balasavage (Lancaster, Pa.) and Morkeith Brown (Harrisburg, Pa), graduated in four years or less. All three will return next season to complete their final year of eligibility.Chris Matthews, a Philadelphia native who has built a national reputation as host of “Hardball” on MSNBC and “The Chris Matthews Show” on NBC, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his public service contributions and professional achievements.
Saint Joseph's Danielle Brady and Jared Sabre Named Saint Joseph's Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes
PHILADELPHIA - Danielle Brady (Women's Rowing) and Jared Sabre (Men's Track) have been named Saint Joseph's Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes and will each receive the Class of 1950 award at the University's Commencement on May 14.
A three-time Atlantic 10 champion, Brady has won the top honors in both the Varsity 8 and Quad events over her career. A three-time silver medalist at the conference meet, the co-captain helped SJU to its first-ever A-10 title this April, earning All-Conference First Team accolades along the way. A member of just the SJU crew that participated in the 2010 Henley Royal Regatta, she has earned A-10 All-Academic Team honors, and has been a member of both the Commissioner's Honor Roll and the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Sabre placed second in the 500 meters at the 2011 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track Championships, earning All-Conference honors. Earning All-East honors after finishing third in same event at IC4A, Sabre recorded career-best times in three events this season and been a key contributor to the 4-x-400 relay team. A member of the A-10 All-Academic Team, the co-captain has also earned both A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction.
PHILADELPHIA - Drexel stunned two-time defending champion Temple's men's Varsity 8 at the Bergen Cup Saturday in the team's final race before the Dad Vail Regatta. The Owls, however, did win gold with their Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 at the regatta held on the Schuylkill River Saturday morning.
"Drexel looked really good today, they made a few changes. They really were the better boat," said Temple coach Gavin White. "Our guys got behind early and just lost their rhythm."
The Varsity 8, comprised of junior James Barr (stroke), junior Nenad Ninkovic (7-seat), junior Jason Cartwright (6-seat), junior Brian Reehill (5-seat), sophomore Mike Mirabella (4-seat), senior John Masterson (3-seat), freshman Fergal Barry (2-seat), senior Scott Waters (bow) and junior Donald Norris (cox), lost by 1.8 seconds to the Dragons, marking the first loss of the season to their city rival.