WORCESTER, Mass. - At the 2011 Eastern Sprints, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team finished ninth in the first varsity race, while the first freshman reached the Grand Final Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
In the first varsity race, the Quakers finished fifth in their heat with a time of 5:59.12. That sent them to the Petite Final where they would have had to win the race to qualify for the IRA Championships for the second straight year. But Columbia and Georgetown pulled away for an open water victory and the Red and Blue finished third with a time of 5:57.807.
The second varsity finished fourth in their heat at 6:30.301 behind Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth. But in the Petite Final, the Quakers took first-place going away. They gained a significant lead and won with open water seperating them and second-place Columbia. Penn's finish of 6:22.838 was also 11 seconds better than third-place Georgetown.
Of the five teams in their heat, the Quakers first freshman boat finished third at 6:20.025 to qualify for the Grand Final. In the final, Penn topped Dartmouth and placed fifth behind four Ivies with a time of 6:20.537. Similarly, the second freshman also beat Dartmouth for a fifth-place finish in their final. They finished at an open water distance behind the rest of the field at 6:26.333. The third varsity was sixth with a time of 6:26.896.