Tech Varsity Four Captures Gold At Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta

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Frank Campione, Troy Toggweiler, stroke Alec Bertossa and coxswain Jessica Mellinger (second from left to right) won the Panthers' third varsity four Dad Vail gold medal. (Image by Amanda Stratford)

Frank Campione, Troy Toggweiler, stroke Alec Bertossa and coxswain Jessica Mellinger (second from left to right) won the Panthers’ third varsity four Dad Vail gold medal. (Image by Amanda Stratford)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Florida Tech’s varsity four won its third Gold medal in program history and first since 1995 Saturday afternoon, winning the Thomas A. Curran Cup by almost 9.5 seconds on the Schuylkill River.

The Panthers’ winning time was 6:39.17. The next closest boat was Wentworth Institute of Technology at 6:48.62. Oklahoma City, Rollins, Georgia Tech and Philadelphia came in third through sixth, in order.

Capturing gold was coxswain Jacqueline Horbert, stroke Troy Toggweiler, Alec Bertossa,Jose Gomez-Feria and bow Frank Campione.

VARSITY EIGHT TAKES BRONZE

Jessica Mellinger

Jessica Mellinger

FIT’s varsity eight, ranked No. 18 in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, won bronze in the varsity eight at 5:45.46. Drexel took first at 5:42.60. Michigan State edged the Panthers for second at 5:44.66. Grand Valley State, defending varsity eight champion Michigan and Virginia placed third through sixth, respectively.

Earning bronze was coxswain Jessica Mellinger, stroke Ernestas Zarskis, Jonas Karalius, Mindaugas Beliauskas, Martynas Mickus, Joe Horn, Plamen Ivanov, John Martin and bow Carson Green.

POSTED MAY 11, 2013 AT 9 A.M.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta’s top-seeded men’s varsity eight and four crews, both from Florida Tech, will compete in their respective grand final races Saturday afternoon on the Schuylkill River.

The Panthers’ varsity four won by more than 13 seconds over Georgia Tech at 6:41.11 to advance to the grand final. Jacksonville, Amherst, Western Washington and Montreal placed third through sixth, in order.

Florida Tech wins both semifinal races on Saturday morning. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech wins both semifinal races on Saturday morning. (Florida Tech image)

Coxswain Jacqueline Horbert, stroke Troy ToggweilerAlec BertossaJose Gomez-Feria and bow Frank Campione will now race for FIT’s first varsity four Dad Vail Championship since 1995.

FIT’s men’s varsity eight won at a time of 5:56.79. Grand Valley State was the next closest boat at 6:00.57. Jacksonville, Colgate, the U.S. Military Academy and Cincinnati placed third through sixth, in order.

Coxswain Jessica Mellinger, stroke Ernestas ZarskisJonas KaraliusMindaugas BeliauskasMartynasMickusJoe HornPlamen IvanovJohn Martin and bow Carson Green will now race for the program’s third Richard O’Brien Trophy.

Coxswain Jacqueline Horbert, stroke Troy Toggweiler, Alec Bertossa, Jose Gomez-Feria and bow Frank Campione will now race for FIT’s first varsity four Dad Vail Championship since 1995.

The men’s freshman/novice eight began the day by finishing fifth in its semifinal at 6:26.79. Drexel placed first and Jacksonville second to advance to the event’s final. Lehigh and Georgia Tech grabbed third and fourth-place, respectively. Fordham rounded out the field with a sixth-place finish.

Racing for the Panthers were coxswain Lauren Amsbary, stroke Charlie PaulJosh KahlerAdrian BlustPaul KepinskiBrayden ThompsonMatt AtiyatEric Schiferl and bow Victor Padron.

GRAND FINAL SET FOR 1:33 P.M.

As of 12 p.m., the races were running about one hour behind due to a delay. Prior to the delay, the Panthers’ men’s varsity four grand final was scheduled for 1:33 p.m. They will race Rollins, Oklahoma City, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech and Philadelphia.

The Panthers’ women’s varsity eight is also competing this afternoon in the petite finals. They were scheduled to race at 2:48 p.m. against Orange Coast and Rollins.

The Panthers’ women’s varsity eight is also competing this afternoon in the petite finals. They were scheduled to race at 2:48 p.m. against Orange Coast and Rollins.

The men’s varsity eight was slated to race at 2:38 p.m. When the Panthers drop their shell in the water, they’ll be up against Virginia, Michigan, Drexel, Grand Valley State and Michigan State

The Panthers’ women’s varsity eight is also competing this afternoon in the petite finals. They were scheduled to race at 2:48 p.m. against Orange Coast and Rollins.

ESPN3 and 6abc.com will video stream Saturday’s finals from 1-5 p.m. Philadelphia area fans can also watch the races on local TV starting at 1 p.m. on WPVI-TV 6abc.

Live results will be available the rest of this afternoon at DadVailResults.


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