One hundred and twenty-seven universities will take to the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania today and Saturday for the Dad Vail Regatta.
Of the 127 universities, however, few are coming off with better performances than UC Davis.
Last week the Aggies earned five medals and the team title at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
Leading the way was the novice four crew, who brought home the gold by crossing the finish line in seven minutes, and 54.4 seconds. Western Washington was the next-closest finisher at 8:09.5.
The second varsity eight and second novice eight boats each earned silver, and the varsity eight and novice eight both took bronze.
St. Joseph’s will be hosting this weekend’s event, which is in its 70th year running. It is the nation’s largest rowing competition, featuring 516 boats, 166 races and 3,300 athletes (1,667 women). Racing begins today at 8 a.m. EST