First Varsity Lightweights Finish Fourth in Two Races

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PHILADELPHIA - With the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team competing on its home course for the first time this season, the first varsity boat finished fourth in both races Saturday at the Navy Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

In all, the Quakers had eight boats in action on Saturday with three racing in the men's college lightweight 4+ and three in the men's college lightweight 8. In both races, Penn's top boat finished in fourth place. The Quakers also had two boats in the men's open college 8 which featured heavyweight competitors as well.

In the morning, Penn's placed fourth, seventh and eighth in the college fours. The top boat for the Quakers finished in a time of 15:26.42, which finished behind three Navy boats and in front of both boats from Saint Joseph's.

Later that afternoon, on a windy day in Philadelphia, the Red and Blue posted finishes of fourth, seventh and ninth in the 10-team college 8 head race. The Quakers' top boat posted a time of 12:41.62 and was two-tenths of a second from topping Navy's third-place time. They also finished behind Delaware's top boat, but placed in front of several boats from Saint Joseph's, Navy and Delaware. Penn's other two boats came in at time of 12:51.73 and 13:29.33, respectively.

In the open race, Penn was 12th and 13th in the 25-boat competition. The two lightweight boats finished with nearly identical times at 12:49.00 and 12:49.27.

The 24th annual Navy Regatta was a 2.5 mile-long head race that featured more than 50 events and approximately 2,000 athletes.

The Quakers are back in action next weekend when they travel to Boston, Mass., to participate in the prestigous Head of the Charles on Sunday, Oct. 18.