EARC Sprints Up Next For Lightweights

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PHILADELPHIA – After a season of preparation, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team heads to the 2009 EARC Sprints on Sunday. The Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges annually hosts its championship meet at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

The Sprints begin at 7:30 a.m. with heats running throughout much of the morning. Penn has its contingent of five boats competing. The first race featuring the Quakers starts at 8 a.m. with the Second Freshman taking on Navy, Harvard and Dartmouth. The Third Varsity is to start at 8:40 a.m., the First Freshman at 9:12 a.m. and the Second Varsity at 10:12 a.m. The Varsity 8’s heat is scheduled for noon. All finals will take place throughout the afternoon. A tentative list of all of Penn's boatings can be found below.

Ranked No. 7 in the last EARC Varsity 8 Lightweight Seeding Poll, the Red and Blue are matched up with No. 2 Harvard, No. 3 Navy, No. 6 Cornell and No. 10 M.I.T. in their heat. Top-ranked Princeton, No. 4 Georgetown, No. 5 Yale, No. 8 Columbia and No. 9 Dartmouth make up the other heat.

Last season at Eastern Sprints, the Quakers raced three boats, with each ultimately competing in the Petite Final. The freshmen boat and the Varsity 8 each finished third in their final races, with the second varsity crew placing fourth.

Momentum is on the side of the Quakers this season after the Red and Blue posted wins in each race last week. Penn’s Varsity 8 defeated both M.I.T. and Saint Joseph’s with a sub-six minute time on the Schuylkill River Saturday. The Second Varsity 8 and Novice 8 races also went the way of the Quakers.

Complete results of the EARC Sprints can be found at www.PennAthletics.com shortly after its conclusion on Sunday.

Tentative Penn Line-ups:

1st Varsity
c Jason Bernstein
8 Nathan Keane
7 Newton Sears
6 Paul Shay
5 Peter Ciullo
4 Steve Lang
3 Andrew Voss
2 Andrews Macalaster
1 Kellen Coppola

2nd Varsity
c Molly Mitchell
8 Matt Crump
7 Ryan Taras
6 Paul Rivenburgh
5 Brad Adams
4 Dave Mannion
3 Marshall MacNabb
2 Adam Neinstein
1 Boyan Makarenko

3rd Varsity
c Lin He
8 Vinny Valant
7 Alex Ryu
6 Jordan Martin
5 Kevin Chang
4 Stu Posluns
3 Nick Montoya
2 Shane Brady
1 Ollin Venegas

1st Freshman
c Dominic Nucci
8 Hurst Nuckols
7 Andrew McGrath
6 Mike Fisher
5 Adam Funk
4 Mylo Cheng
3 Oliver Hurd
2 Jamie Napoli
1 Alec McGinley

2nd Freshman
c Heenal Patel
8 Adrian Wieshofer
7 Sam Franklin
6 Ben McGuire
5 Andy Lee
4 Greg Cordina
3 Matt Raimondi
2 Jon Shin
1 Matt Cabrera