Florida Tech Panthers Show Strong at Opening Day of 78th Dad Vail Regatta
By Florida Tech // May 14, 2016
'Now it is time to perform tomorrow (today)'
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech held its weight on the opening day of the 78th Dad Vail Regatta Friday, with four boats making it to Saturday’s competition on the Schuylkill River.
The varsity four plus team got things started by taking third in heat two, making it down the course in 7:57.00 to finish behind Nova Southeastern and Humbolt and qualify for the repechage.
Also advancing to the rep was the varsity eight boat, which earned third behind Nova and Barry in heat one with a time of 7:04.52.
Alexandra Coultrop narrowly missed out on the final in the collegiate single, taking third from lane three in 9:35.16. Coultrop was outpaced by boats from Queens University and local crew Drexel.
Rounding out the day were a pair of time trials. The varsity four boat advanced to the semifinals after timing in at 7:13.82, good for 16th. The varsity pair finished in 7:37.68, claiming sixth and earning a spot in the semis.
“Four boats advanced today, I’m pretty happy with that,” said head coach Adam Thorstad.
“Now it is time to perform tomorrow. The varsity eight has a lot at stake tomorrow and they know it. We need to go out and put it all together. This is what the training all year comes down to. They have put a lot of work in this year and I’m excited to see them get out there and perform again.”
The varsity four team will open up Saturday’s racing for FIT at 8:06 a.m. ET, while the four plus squad will follow shortly thereafter at 8:12 a.m. The pair is set for 8:48 a.m., while the varsity eight will race for the Henry Backe Trophy at 11:19 a.m.