PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (May 11, 2012) - The Rollins men's and women's rowing teams survived the first day of the 2012 Dad Vail Regatta as the men's Varsity 8 placed third and the women's Novice 4 finished second Friday morning.

The Varsity 8 placed third in their heat to advance them into the semifinals Saturday morning with a time of 6:12.77.  Rollins defeated Oklahoma City Rowing, a crew that beat the Tars by a 1.3 second margin at SIRA.  The top-2 boats in the semifinals will move onto the grand finals while the third and fourth place boats will advance to the petite finals.  The Tars look to compete twice on Saturday in the 8, a feat that hasn't been done in quite a few years.

On the women's side, the Novice 4 finished second advancing to the semifinals, which is to take place at 7:26 a.m. Saturday.  The field of 54 was cut down to 18 after today's race and is a huge step for the ladies who had never taken a stroke before this year.

Unfortunately for the men's Novice 8, the boat placed fourth in their heat to put an end to their season.  The Novice 8 missed the top-3 cut by two seconds as Vermont edged Rollins out.  Overall, the men capped an incredible season for the Tars in this boat.  The men accomplished two feats this season in that shell - a race in the Dad Vail Regatta, which hadn't been done in 10 years and a race in the San Diego Crew Classic.

The finals and petites will be broadcasted online starting at 1 p.m. on  For more information, check out the Tars Sports Network at