Ivy League Championships information
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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team has been preparing all spring -- all year, really -- for this Sunday. The second annual Ivy League Championships take place Sunday at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J.
Heats will be contested starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, and continue through 9:40. Finals will begin at 3:05 p.m., and conclude with the varsity 8 grand final at 5 p.m.
The Ivy League champion will be determined by the fastest boat in the varsity eight grand final, which is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. The winning varsity eight boat will give that school the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, which means that team’s varsity 8, second varsity 8, and varsity 4 A gain automatic entry. The NCAA Championships will be contested May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis.
“I can't believe the end of our season is here already,” said Penn head coach Mike Lane. “We have a great group of kids this year, and it has been my pleasure to coach them this spring. Although we did not reach some of the goals we set, the Ivy League Championships is an opportunity to make those mistakes go away.
“We have worked really hard and now we have the opportunity to do something special. These kids deserve it; however, they have to lay it all out on the Cooper on Sunday. That's what's so exciting about competition, it all comes down to one performance on race day! I know our kids are ready to put together an amazing performance on Sunday."
Penn faces a daunting task on Sunday, as six of the eight programs involved in the Championships are ranked in the latest USRowing/CRCA National Coaches Poll. Princeton is fifth, while Harvard is eighth; Yale is ninth; Brown is 12th; Columbia is 15th; and Cornell is 16th. Penn and Dartmouth are among teams receiving votes (Penn 14, Dartmouth 5).
“The Ivy League is the strongest league in the country for rowing," said Lane. "We are proud to be a part of that tradition and speed.”