No. 8 Lightweights Prep for EARC Sprints on Sunday
PHILADELPHIA - Ranked No. 8 in the nation heading into the EARC Sprints on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team looks to duplicate the success they found at this regatta a year ago.
A link to the live Beta webcast is atop this release. The ECAC will be audio casting the EARC and EAWRC Sprints live and fans can access the broadcasts on Stretchinternet.com via this link: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ecac.portal. In addition, listeners without web access may tune in to the EAWRC Sprints via telephone connection at: (508) 534-7389
Penn's first varsity heat is scheduled for 11:48 a.m., with the Quakers going up against a foursome of top-10 opponents. The Red and Blue will match up with top-ranked Harvard, No. 4 Yale, No. 5 Navy and No. 9 Columbia. Penn's first race is the first freshman at 9:24 a.m., and the second varsity starts an hour later. A complete list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.
Last year at Sprints, for the first time since 2005 season, Penn reached the Varsity Grand
Final and finished sixth overall - its highest finish since that same season. The effort also
qualified the Quakers for the IRA Regatta for the first time in three
years. In a close race, the Quakers varsity boat finished
third in its heat to qualify for the Grand Final. Just three seconds
seperated first place from fourth place as Penn topped Georgetown by
less than a half second to secure its spot among the coveted top three
finishers in the heat. Penn finished in 5:47.993 to automatically
qualify for the Grand Final over Georgetown and its finish of 5:48.364.
Then, in the final, the varsity placed sixth. The Red and Blue were consistent, completing the course in
In the final regular season regatta of the 2011 campaign last week, the Quakers posted a victory in the freshman race at the Callow Cup, but Navy won the cup race on the Severn River. Penn then returned to the Schuylkill River and took three of four from M.I.T.
A complete recap and results of the regatta will be available shortly after its conclusion on PennAthletics.com.
Bow Mark Gannon
Bow Ray Andruszko
Bow Sam Franklin
Bow Scott Myslinski