CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Penn women's rowing team completed a stellar fall campaign with the Rivanna Romp on Sunday morning. The Quakers came home with some hardware and a lot of good feelings.
The hardware came courtesy of the novice 8, which won its five-boat division with a time of 14:58.28 over the three-mile course at the University of Virginia's Rivanna Reservoir. That was well ahead of second-place Duke (15:23.76).
In the varsity eight division, Penn's A boat clocked 14:04.10 to finish behind Virginia's top three boats. UVA's A boat took top honors in 13:22.87. The Quakers' B boat was ninth out of 12 boats in 14:38.53.
"Our goal today was to row our own race, close the gap to UVA from two weeks ago, and beat Duke and Old Dominion," said head coach Mike Lane. "All three of those things happened. Congrats to our freshman for winning the novice 8+!"
In the women's fours, Penn's C boat was tops among the Quakers' four entrants, and eighth overall, in 16:23.32. The B boat finished right behind them, in ninth place with a time of 16:25.71, while the A boat was 11th overall in 16:35.79. Penn's D boat was 15th in 16:56.00.
"All around, this is our strongest fall team performance in my memory," said Lane. "The women came in this fall determined to do something special, and we are on our way."