PHILADELPHIA - Going up against the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania lightweights placed second in the Wood-Hammond Cup race Saturday on the Schuylkill River. The Quakers topped No. 6 Georgetown, but Princeton took home the trophy.
The trio of teams competed through a light wind and rain for the duration of the morning. Princeton retained the Wood-Hammond Cup for the sixth straight year with a winning time of 5:43.5. No. 10 Penn was unable to keep pace with the Tigers, but eventually grew a comfortable advantage over Georgetown as the Quakers finished in 5:48.4. The guest Hoyas were third as they finished the course in 5:51.6.
Princeton started the day with a close win over the Quakers in the Freshman race. Penn's freshman crew was unable to race last week due to weather conditions and hung close with the Tigers before Princeton pulled off the win with a finish of 5:54.0. The Quakers were about a length behind at 5:58.4 and Georgetown came in at 6:04.3.
In the second varsity race, Princeton won comfortably. The Tigers were the only crew to break the six-minute mark on the 2,000-meter course. They won with a time of 5:55.1. Penn was off that pace at 6:09.7, but easily outdistanced Georgetown's final time of 6:18.6.
The third varsity capped off the day and the top-ranked Tigers completed the four-race sweep. Princeton won with a time of 6:10.4, while Penn held off its Ivy rival's fourth varsity by less than a second with a finish of 6:19.8.
Next week, the Quakers travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy for the Callow Cup on April 30.