Owls coach Brian Perkins had lost his mother just 10 days earlier, so the rowers on his varsity eight boat competed with the Mass card honoring Catherine Perkins taped inside.
Drexel, which qualified 10 boats for Saturday's finals, did not qualify in the men's varsity eight grand final even though it posted the field's fifth-fastest time
The senior, daughter of former Flyers forward Brian Propp, was a key member last year of the Dragons' first-ever win in the women's varsity 8 race on the Schuylkill.
Camren Wynter is the third recruit for the Dragons in the current class.
Drexel will need to replace its leading 2017-18 scorer; while Ashley Howard picked up his first incoming player as La Salle's head coach.
Gupta, chairman of Aptiv PLC and chairman of Avantor Inc, and his wife Kamla invested $2.5 million to create an institute that will bear their name, while the Haas family matched their gift, bringing the total donation to $5 million.
Everyone's favorite flavor choice was blue raspberry. The lemon was a bust.
Zach Walton, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington, has made an oral commitment to the Dragons. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
As long as he does not sign with an agent, the Dragons' top scorer has the option to return to Drexel.
Drexel will play Elon Saturday for the program's first NCAA bid since 2009
The Dragons will face Delaware in the semifinals on Friday.
The Dragons are tied for first in the Colonial Athletic Association with James Madison. Both teams have their regular season finales on Saturday.
The Dragons have played in 11 games decided by one possession this season, and are 6-5 in those contests. That includes a 1-1 mark against James Madison, their opening-round CAA tournament opponent.