Date Posted:05/16/2005, 11:00AM
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Bowdoin's Women's Four with coxswain won its event at Philadelphia's Dad Vail Regatta on May 14 by a massive seven second margin over second place North Park University and third place Union College. Kansas, Long Beach State and Bates College rounded out the finalists from the field of 54 entries who began the regatta on May 13. The Bowdoin Navy advanced all six of its entries to the semi-finals with the Men's Pair of Luke McKay '08 and Charlie Johnson '08 joining the women's four in advancing to the finals. The Pair finished 4th, just two seconds out of the medals.
With the women's gold Bowdoin extends its medal winning streak to five consecutive years in the largest collegiate regatta in the country.
In that period Bowdoin's varsity men have won three golds and a silver and the varsity women have won two golds and a silver. Ben Needham '05 coxed this year's medal winners who were stroked by Lindsay Kyzer '05, and powered by Eliza Lende '05, Andrea Printy '08, and Rachel VanderKruik '07.
Coach Gil Birney attributes the crew's success to exceptional conditioning and attention to technique, combined with a fiercely strong desire to be the best.
"Lende was in the gold medal boat from 2003, and Kyzer joined her in the silver medal crew of '04," according to Birney. "When VanderKruik stepped in last fall and they won the silver at the Head of The Charles, they knew they had a shot at a national championship in May. Printy came on board this winter to round out this powerful foursome. These women have been focused and dedicated to this race for months, and their intensity has influenced every crew on the team."
This four also won the gold at New England Championship on May 1 for the fifth time in five years