A club-varsity program in Recreational Sports, the Men’s Rowing team truly represents Michigan as the Leaders and Best. The 2011 team posted a record of 74-4, winning both the Aberdeen Dad Vail and ECAC National Invitational regattas, and lead the entire team to its fourth consecutive American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Men’s National Championship. The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the largest regular intercollegiate rowing event in the USA, drawing over a hundred colleges and universities from North America. The event has been held annually on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1953. The regatta was named after Harry Emerson "Dad" Vail, for his years of coaching at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the purposes of the Dad Vail Rowing Association are: "to perpetuate the 'Dad' Vail tradition, foster and encourage intercollegiate rowing among colleges new to the sport, and promote schedules for member schools.
The Men’s Rowing team has won the Dad Vail regatta in 2005, 2009, and again in 2011. The team also defeated Ohio State for the sixteenth consecutive year, extending the university's longest winning streak against the Buckeyes in any sport. Rowing is an unusually accessible sport on the college scene; U-M’s Men’s Rowing, as with many teams, is built around walk-on participants with very little previous rowing experience. The Michigan men have produced two Olympians and several other national team members during Head Coach Gregg Hartsuff’s twenty years of coaching in Ann Arbor. The Dad Vail trophy was presented by former Cambridge University rower Toby Wallace of Aberdeen Asset Management, the Dad Vail’s title sponsor. You can follow this year's campaign on the team's website at www.michiganrowing.org.