PHILADELPHIA, Pa.-- Six F&M crews entered the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta yesterday in Philadelphia, braving near freezing temperatures, gusty winds, and a messy wintry precipitation mix. The HOSR is one of the largest head-of-the-river races in the country, with some 5,800 athletes competing over the 2.5 mile course on the lower Schuylkill River.
The men's varsity 8+ (Britanny Sembler - cox, Wade Stanley, Clement Hsu, Jeff Smith, Sam Condon, Dan Clarici, Min Zhao, David Kaess, Greg Hershman) had the best result of the day in the Men's Open Club 8+ event, finishing 12th out of 29 crews in a time of 13:46.35. The University of Virginia won the event in 13:01.74.
The men's novice 8+ (Amanda Levit - cox, Jonn Ancona, Sam Alter, Jeremy Hsu, Roger Matias, Tim Smith, Chris Bruno, Peter Leone, Ryan Sukley) also turned in a good race in their first competition. They rowed the course in 15:20.64, which was good enough for 25th place out of 40. The winner of the event was Princeton University's frosh crew in 12:22.10.
The men's varsity 4+ (Julia Scavicchio - cox, Sam Condon, William Tran, William Rossman, Lorenzo Apacible), women's varsity 4+ (Jennie Silver - cox, Debra Gladwin, Morgan Burgess, Roni Setton, Abby Benkert) and women's novice 8+ (Danielle Tunkel - cox, Kris Dowd, Arianna Riccio, Kate Liebow, Hayley Meade, Kate Keane, Ryann McMurry, Maayan Shalvi, Carole Dore) also competed before racing was suspended, but struggled in the conditions. The men's four finished 27th of 28; the women's four was 30th of 38, and the women's novice 8+ was 27th of 28.
The women's varsity 8+, entered in the Women's Championship 8+ event, did not get to race yesterday, as the regatta was suspended due to the inclement weather.
The event concluded the fall season for the Diplomats. The spring portion of the schedule will begin on March 24, with the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia.