DERBY, Conn. - In sub-par weather conditions, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team placed third behind Yale and Columbia in the Dodge Cup Saturday morning on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn. All but two of the races were cancelled due to swamping.
The cup races were moved to the start of the morning with poor weather conditions expected. The varsity crews rowed into a headwind with Yale taking the early lead on both Penn and Columbia. The Bulldogs earned an open water lead, but the Lions and Quakers were in a tight battle for second. Eventually the Lions pulled away to earn the runner-up position. Yale won with a time of 6:21.6, while Columbia finished at 6:30.6 and the Quakers finished the course in 6:38.5.
In what proved to be the last race of the day, Penn finished the second varsity race in second. The Quakers blew away the Lions, but the Bulldogs won on their home course with a time of 7:09.7. Penn's second-place finish of 6:23.7 left a lot of distance between Columbia's finish of 6:37.1.
With conditions worsening, the first freshman race had to be stopped mid-race and the remaining schedule was cancelled.
Next up for the Quakers is the Wood-Hammond Cup with Princeton and Georgetown. The Tigers and Quakers will compete in the cup race next Saturday on the Schuylkill River.