Rowing at Villanova University has an established and storied tradition which can be traced back many decades. Growing with other clubs and universities on Boathouse Row, the program has experienced success locally, nationally and internationally in its existence. The 1998 winners of the Jack and Nancy Seitz overall points trophy at the Dad Vail, the program is growing again to national prominence. Of particular note are recent performances at the Dad Vail Regatta and the Head of the Charles. The 2011 Men's Frosh/Novice 4+ won a silver medal at the Dad Vail Regatta. In addition, the 2011 Men's Varisty 8+ placed 19 of 39 at the Head of the Charles successfully securing an entry in the 2012 event.
Many former athletes have gone on to successfully compete at the highest levels of the sport. Among those athletes is William Knecht who earned a gold medal representing the United States in the men's eight at the 1964 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Each spring the program assists in hosting the annual Knecht Cup, held in his name, on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. /span>While Knecht's accomplishments are particularly impressive, many former athletes have gone to compete with some of the best clubs in the nation both pre and post graduation.
Along with all of the accomplishments listed, the program is proud of the recognition received from the university. In honoring both men's and women's rowing programs, a former racing shell which hangs prominently in the Connelly Center dining facility. More significantly, the university is heading a project which will lead to the construction a new boathouse for both the men's and women's programs.
Dad Vail Regatta