Philadelphia – MSOE rowing headed into the last race of their season capping off what had been a somewhat trying campaign. With lineups changing all the time, teams couldn't get into the most ideal rhythm when in the water. That doesn't mean there weren't high points, however. The Dad Vail Regatta proved to everyone that even in a rebuilding year, there are always high points and things to build off of for the future.
The women's lightweight 4+ had a fast heat, which sent them to the 2nd final. This was substantial as the crew manning the boat has three first year rowers inside of it. However, the boat contained most of the ladies that won the Novice Women's 4+ at the MACRA conference championships back in April and took home a 10th place finish at Dad Vail.
The JV 4+ team turned in a 17th place finish, doing so with two first year student-athletes in the boat. The lineup inside didn't have much time to train together, which is important. Successful crews often have the same or similar lineups for four years in a row. Regardless, they advanced from the semi-finals to the 3rd Final, and never gave up during the entire final race.
The Men's JV 4+ had a couple of weeks to train. The Men's Varsity 4+ only had a few days. The lineup in the boat changed five different times throughout the season, and the adversity continued at the Regatta. The Raiders came close to advancing out of the semi-final heats, coming up just a few seconds short. They still rebounded, and finished third in the 4th Final, ending up 21st overall. While they lose two seniors after graduation, two others will be back next year to push MSOE's top lineup forward.
Novice Men's 8+
Team: Cole Price (cox), Ryan Hintz (stroke), Corbin Gustafson (7 seat), Torben Winkel (6 seat), Seth Kooiker (5 seat), Kirat Mokha (4 seat), Jack Nicholaisen (3 seat), Steffen Pundt (2 seat), Kyle Ellis (bow)
This team was MSOE's first entry into this category in over ten years. It's the most difficult discipline because of the need for eight successful oarsmen in order to be competitive with the top teams in the nation. The Raiders advanced to the A/B semis and did better there than they did in the qualifying round. They fell just short of beating Minnesota, a team they defeated earlier this season in the 3rd Final. The Red & White took home a 15th place finish, even if their speed did suffer a bit.