PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - The Penn women's rowing team finished sixth in the overall Willing Trophy point standings at Sunday's EAWRC Sprints, contested on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. The Quakers' showing was highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the varsity 4 A, a win in the second varsity eight petite final, and grand final appearances by the third varsity eight and varsity 4 B.
As a team, Penn finished with 135 points. Princeton gained the team trophy with 192 points, followed by Brown (181) and Yale (166). The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation, also took home championships in all three eights and the varsity 4 A.
In the varsity 4 A races, Penn advanced to the grand final with a victory in its morning heat. In the afternoon, the Quakers were fourth overall in a time of 7:25.86. That was behind champion Princeton (7:18.50), second-place Brown (7:22.02), and third-place Yale (7:22.03). Cornell was fifth, more than five full seconds behind Penn.
In the second varsity eight morning heats, Penn finished a distant third behind Princeton and Dartmouth. The Quakers' heat time was below three of their petite final competitors, but Penn put it all together and roared to a three-second victory over second-place Northeastern. Penn's time was 6:58.26, while the Huskies clocked 7:01.74.
The other boat with NCAA implications, the varsity eight, was unable to gain a spot in the grand final. The Quakers finished third in their morning heat, clocking 6:56.00 which was well behind first-place Brown and Cornell. In the afternoon's petite final, Penn place third in 6:48.54 which was behind first-place Columbia (6:38.62) and second-place Northeastern (6:42.91).
Penn gained valuable Willing Trophy points by advancing to the grand final in the third varsity eight, placing second in its morning heat behind Brown but well ahead of third-place Dartmouth. In the afternoon championship race, the Quakers clocked 7:06.59 which put them in sixth place for the day.
Penn's varsity 4 B boat finished third in a nine-team field, clocking 7:45.84 in the afternoon championship race which was behind only Brown and Cornell.
Penn and Cornell were the only teams to field boats at the varsity 4 C level; the Big Red clocked 7:54.73 to defeat the Quakers (8:21.49).