On yesterday's first day of the 71st annual Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill, the University of Michigan men turned in the best time in the heavyweight eight, 4:03.003, while top-seeded and defending champion Purdue was next at 4:04.543.
In the women's competition, UC-Irvine's eight led the way with a time of 5:00.885.
The three men's heavyweight semifinals are set for a 7 a.m. start tomorrow. The women will follow, with the men's final for the Richard O'Brien Trophy set for a noon start. The Evelyn Bergman Trophy for the women is scheduled to be contested at 12:07.
The regatta features more than 3,500 rowers from 125 schools from the United States and Canada. *