The varsity 8 boat is still primed for a medal after winning its first heat on Friday on the Schuylkill River.
Coach Gavin White, one of only two coaches in program history, has won 20 Dad Vail Regatta varsity 8 championships in his 36 seasons at Temple.
Eighteen rowers on the crew team roster have Catholic League experience.
Steve Gennaro’s older brothers competed at various levels of crew.
The crew team added 12 freshman recruits and one transfer to its roster.
Multiple Temple and city officials, along with trustee Gerry Lenfest broke ground on the East Park Canoe House on Thursday with a ceremony.
White will continue to coach in a limited role as he battles Parkinson’s Disease.
Freshman Nicholas Olimpo battled through a high fever for the historical event, as the men’s varsity lightweight won gold in the Dad Vails.
Two brothers share a boat for the crew team after growing up watching the sport.
Two former track athletes have switched to the crew and rowing teams.