WORCESTER, Mass. - With a fifth-place finish in its heat, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight varsity competed in the Petite Final Sunday at EARC Sprints in Worcester, Mass. The Quakers then finished ninth overall, while the freshman boat claimed first-place in its Petite Final.
The varsity was unable to keep up with a trio of Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton) and Navy in its opening heat. The Crimson won the race at 6:04.545, while Penn finished in 6:21.436. Navy and Penn went to the Petite Final, where Columbia was the easy winner at 6:20.859. The Red and Blue were third with a finish of 6:38.160.
The freshmen also finished fifth in their heat. It was a close race between all five boats. Princeton won and advanced to the Grand Final with a time of 6:02.515. Penn finished in 6:11.279, which was just a few seats from third place.
However, later in the day, the freshman responded with a close victory in the Petite Final. Penn blew away Georgetown and held off M.I.T. and Columbia to post a winning time of 6:31.268.
In the open fours, the Quakers were fifth with a mark of 7:15.570. Columbia won the race and the lightweights finished just behind the Penn heavyweights. Both beat Georgetown to the finish.
The second varsity boat held the same fate as Penn's varsity 8. The Quakers finished fifth in their heat at 6:19.233 and competed in the Petite Final, where they also placed third. The Quakers stopped the clock at 6:35.155, which was about 10 seconds behind the Petite Final winners, Harvard.