Two-time defending Dad Vail regatta champion Temple breezed past George Washington, Georgetown and Virginia in the men's varsity eight race yesterday at Thompson's Boat Center. Taking a one-length lead after 1,000 meters, the Owls gradually pulled away in the last half of the race to win in 6:09, 11 seconds ahead of George Washington.
The Colonials finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Georgetown to avenge a loss to the Hoyas earlier this season.
"Temple is the best crew that we'll see during the regular season. We didn't realistically expect to beat them," said George Washington Coach Paul Wilkins. "Being 11 seconds behind Temple at this stage of the season is very good for us. Last year at this time, we finished 16 seconds behind them."
The Colonials won the women's varsity eight race in 7:13, 21.8 seconds ahead of second-place Virginia.
Georgetown's women's varsity and men's lightweight crews rowed at Marietta College in Ohio yesterday.
At the Baltimore Cup Regatta on the Patapsco River, George Mason won three races, including the men's varsity four, but Washington College won the men's and women's varsity eight races.
In high school crew, Woodbridge won the boys varsity eight race at the Winslow Cup Regatta on Lake Occoquan. The Indians (4:39.7) defeated Washington-Lee (4:43.7) by one length. Washington-Lee won the girls varsity eight race in 5:15, 16 seconds ahead of Yorktown. The Generals also captured the girls varsity four race, finishing 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Gar-Field.
Host Yorktown took the boys varsity four race in 5:34.7, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of McLean's double scull.
In Middletown, Del., T.C. Williams' boys varsity eight was a distant third behind national powers St. Andrews and Holy Spirit of Absecon, N.J. The Titans' lightweight varsity eight finished two seats behind Holy Spirit. Williams' girls varsity and second varsity eight crews won their races.