PHILADELPHIA - The freshman 4+ boat acclimated itself well to its home course on Saturday, claiming the championship in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, the first good result of many over the weekend for the heavyweight rowing team.
In the fours, Penn' finished first, completing the course in a time of 15:18.24, well ahead of second place finisher Washington College (15:50.96). The winning boat was led by coxswain Davis Butner and featured sroke Carlos De La Cruz, Peter Bacas, Colin Kane and Matt LeBlanc. Penn's C boat finished sixth, crossing the line in 16:10.07.
In the freshmen eights, Penn finished second in a time of 13:45.14, trailing only Princeton's finish of 13:24.19.
"We took a step forward this weekend," Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach of Men's Heavyweight Rowing Greg Myhr said. "We were aggressive across the board. Our freshmen team is benefiting fom talented athletes competing hard, both recruits and walk-ons, and that bodes well for the depth and future of the program."
On Sunday at Lake Carnegie in the Princeton Chase, the varsity eight finished ninth of 38 boats with a time of 13:35.08, a time 29 seconds faster than last year's finish in the same race - and nine places higher in the final standings. Princeton won its home race in a time of 13:06.19. Penn's second varsity eight finished 18th in a time of 13:49.56 and the C boat was 26th, crossing in 14:06.38, both big improvements from the same course one year ago.
In the varsity fours, Penn's top finish was 15th out of 41 teams by the A boat helmed by Matthew Mildenberg. That boat finished in a time of 15:19.22, up five spots and 31 seconds from 2009. The B boat for the Quakers finished 25th in a time of 15:41.21 while the C boat was 30th with a finishing time of 15:49.86, outstroking Navy's C boat by one second at the line.
The freshman 8+ race saw the B boat finish ahead of the A boat, crossing 16th overall - and fourth among heavyweight boats - in a time of 14:45.24. The A boat was two spots back in 18th place, crossing in 14:52.77. The A boat had a good effort, though, rallying after another boat crashed into it, forcing the eight to come to a complete stop before restarting the race - a situation that cost the group about 30 seconds of race time to right the boat.
The Red and Blue also had a series of pairs competing at the Princeton Chase, with Kevin Kennedy and Michael Rizzo the high finisher, placing 22nd with a time of 17:25.46. Ivan Lys-Dobradin and Luke Brzozowski were 25th in a time of 17:35.79 while Russel Windsor/Nicholas Barnes (27th - 17:42.55) and John McCluskey/Nicholas Bristow (28th - 17:43.44) engaged in a battle to the end. Gordon Thompson and Darren Frankel finished 31st with a time of 17:53.18. Chris Martin and Richard Sanz were 34th in 18:00.19.
Daniel Morrison competed in singles, finishing sixth in a time of 18:31.31.