2022 Dad Vail Program

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Provides Excitement For Philadelphia, PA – Boston University Lightweight women’s coach Malcom Doldron could not contain his excitement when recently asked about his team’s upcoming trip to the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, co-presented by Independence Blue Cross, PECO and Coca-Cola. The 83rd annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be held on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 on the historic Schuylkill River. “We can’t wait to return to the Schuylkill,” said Doldron in a recent phone interview. “The Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta has become a rite of passage for our team. It is a great event and really gets us prepared for the IRA National Championship Regatta. We get to see lots of speedy crews and get to come down the course multiple times, so I feel it’s an added advantage in our preparation.” “I am really excited to have a chance to once again compete at the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta,” said senior Karsen Healy, who attended Mount St. Joseph’s Academy located in suburban Philadelphia and raced on the Schuylkill River countless times during high school. “Being a senior and having a chance to show most of the team how special it is to race in Philadelphia is an exciting time.” “This is a special event, and it will be so exciting to race in front of a big crowd who supports all of the racers,” Healy added. Since deciding to add the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta to the schedule four years ago, the Terriers have experienced much success winning gold in both the lightweight Varsity Eight and the Heavyweight Varsity Eight. After winning the gold in the Heavyweight Eight in 2019, the Terriers were very much looking forward to defending their title. Unfortunately, they did not get the chance due to the COVID – 19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of the event in 2020. The Terriers wanted to attend last year however travel restrictions did not allow them to make the trip down. With everything starting to turn back to the way things operated prior to the pandemic, Boston U. will be making a long-awaited return. With the event a little less than two weeks away, Doldron is excited about the way his team has come together and waded through a difficult transition of establishing the long-standing team culture. “We had a solid fall season,” Doldron said. “But a slower start than expected due to it being the first semester of relative normalcy was since the beginning of the pandemic. Our athletes were overwhelmed and over stimulated early on and just needed time to setting down. Once we remembered what it was like to train and race as a team, they all bought back into the process and remembered who we are as a program. We’ve been moving quite well ever since.” Healy added, “This year has been great. We have established a great team culture and we are full steam ahead. We are excited to be able to travel and the team has a great spirit and energy.” boston university