The Penn women's rowing team enjoyed a successful fall, one that was full of championships and best finishes. The stage is set for a historic spring season, as for the first time the Ivy League will conduct a championship in place of the EAWRC Sprints.
The Novice 8, in particular, enjoyed a productive and bountiful fall. They took first place at three the four events in which they competed -- the Navy Day Regatta, the Head of the Schuylkill, and the Rivanna Romp hosted by Virginia.
Penn started the fall with the Navy Day Regatta, and once again this year the championships were plentiful from that event as the Quakers took four titles: Second Varsity 8, Varsity 4, Novice 8, and Novice 4. In the Varsity 8, Penn finished second to Navy.
Next up was the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta, where the Quakers finished 13th out of 37 boats in the Women's Championship 8 field.
One week later, Penn's Novice 8 took the title at the Head of the Schuylkill, while the Novice 4 was fourth before weather cancelled racing for the day. A day after that, in beautiful weather, the Quakers' varsity 8 placed seventh out of 49 boats, the best finish in Head Coach Mike Lane's tenure at Penn.
The Novice 8 win was the highlight at the Rivanna Romp.
Coach Lane recently sat down with the Penn Sports Network's Mike Mahoney to discuss the fall, as well as look ahead to winter training -- in particular, the team's Christmas-break trip to Austin, Texas -- and the spring portion of the season.