Friday and Saturday

on the Schyulkill

When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine.

Where: On the Schuylkill. Races start at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue and end just before the Columbia Avenue Bridge.

TV: Saturday's finals will air live on 6ABC, starting at 11 a.m., and will be streamed on ESPN3.com.

Admission: Free. The grandstand at the finish line is the best place to watch.

Parking: Park in remote lots in Fairmount Park. Go to Kelly Drive and follow signs to the remote parking areas. Free shuttles will take you to the course and Rowers Village. Handicap parking will be available.

Competitors: With an expected 3,500 athletes and a record 128 schools from the United States and Canada in 150 races, it is the largest collegiate rowing event in the country.

Course: The 2,000-meter course has six lanes and is standard Olympic length.

What's at stake? Michigan is looking for its third consecutive men's heavyweight eight title. Mercyhurst College is trying for a record-setting fifth consecutive title in the men's lightweight eight, and Bucknell will try for its third straight women's lightweight eight title. Duke will defend its women's heavyweight eight title.

Who was Dad Vail? Harry Emerson "Dad" Vail was one of America's early inspirational college rowing coaches. He coached at the University of Wisconsin from 1911 to the late 1920's.

For more information and complete results: go to www.dadvail.org

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