CAMDEN, N.J. - For the first time in three years, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team reached the national championships, and in racing for the national title, the Quakers finished seventh Saturday at the IRA Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
There were great conditions throughout the final day of the IRA Regatta. In the Penn boat, coxswain Jason Bernstein, Mike Fisher, Oliver Hurd, Hurst Nuckols, Nate Keane, Peter Ciullo, Adam Funk, Andrew Voss and Andrew McGrath took advantage of the fast conditions and combined for one of the best times of the year for the Quakers.
A close race throughout, the top five boats all finished within six seconds of each other with Penn and Dartmouth battling it out for sixth and seventh place. The Big Green edged the Quakers by just more than a second as Dartmouth finished in 5:52.225 and Penn finished in 5:53.826.
The seventh-place finish this season was the highest for the Penn lightweights since the 2005 team finished third.
Princeton won the national title for the second straight year. It also marked the fourth consecutive year in which an Ivy League boat won the national championship. The Tigers edged Navy with a winning time of 5:36.065.