All Three Rowing Teams Open 2011-12 at Navy Day on Saturday

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All three Penn rowing programs will open their 2011-12 seasons on Saturday at the Navy Day Regatta, launching their fall racing schedules from the familiar waters of the Schuylkill River.

A busy preseason which featured a call to navigate high waters on the Schuylkill thanks to Hurricane Irene finally gives way to competition outside the Red and Blue on Saturday as the Quakers will send 23(CHANGE) different boats off from Boathouse Row to begin another season in the storied history of Penn Rowing.

The women's crew had an outstanding effort at the 2010 Navy Day Regatta, sweeping every event which head coach Mike Lane had an entry in. The Five wins in five starts was highlighted by a nearly 12-second win in the Open/Collegiate 8+ over Drexel to retain the Liz Bergen Award.

The lightweight team had multiple top tens last year at Navy Day, including a sixth-place finish in the eights. The heavyweight side was third in the collegiate/open eights race, and second among college boats. All four of Penn's boats in the race finished inside the top ten of the 27 crews entered.

In addition to the student-athletes entered in races as part of Navy Day on Saturday, the three coaches of the men's heavyweight rowing team will each row a single in the Men's Open Single race. Greg Myhr, Ed Golding and James Sands all rowed collegiately for Wisconsin, and surely bragging rights inside the office will be on the line.