SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Penn women's rowing team used a dominating performance to retain the Orange Challenge Cup Saturday over host Syracuse and Northeastern at Lake Onondaga.
Penn won four of the six races, highlighted by a nearly five-second victory in the varsity 8 race that allowed the Quakers to keep the trophy for another year. After not winning the varsity 8 race since 1995, Penn has now won it the last two years in a row. Penn clocked 7:09.8 over the 2,000-meter course, while Northeastern was second (7:14.4) and Syracuse was third (7:17.4).
Penn also won the second varsity 8 race, covering the course in 7:27.4 which was well ahead of second-place Syracuse (7:33.8) and third-place Northeastern (7:37.8). In the varsity 4 race, Penn's 8:35.4 was far ahead of Syracuse (8:48.8) and Northeastern (8:52.6).
Penn also won the third varsity 8 against Northeastern; the Quakers clocked 7:51.6, while the Huskies were 8:05.0.
Syracuse won the only other race that featured all three schools, taking first in the varsity 4B in 8:46.4. Penn was second in 9:01.7, while Northeastern was third in 9:11.8. In the varsity 4C race, Northeastern (9:20.0) defeated Penn (9:47.7).
Penn is back in action again next weekend, competing at the Virginia Invitational which will run Saturday and Sunday.