Heavyweight Crew Takes Two Sprints Titles

WORCESTER, Mass. - Penn heavyweight crews stormed to a pair of Eastern Sprints medals Sunday, with the freshman eight winning its first Sprints title since 1997 and the third varsity/second freshman four handily winning its final.

Penn's heavyweight freshman eight took first place at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday. Finishing at 06:02.28, the Quakers were two seconds better than Northeastern.

In morning qualifying, the Quakers were the fastest in their heat, beating Princeton by nearly two seconds to qualify for the GrandFinal. In a tight final, Penn pulled away from the field early andbeat out Northeastern, Harvard, Wisconsin, Princeton and Yale to win the title.

In a one-race 3V/2F 4+ Grand Final, it was all Penn as the Quakers won by better than seven seconds over Boston University. The Quakers' 7:01.792 was well ahead of BU's 7:08.666.

The varsity 8 placed fifth in the Petite Final to take 11th overall. After finishing fourth in their qualifying heat in 6:18.414, the Quakers finished less than a second back of Georgetown in the final, in a time of 6:25.302.

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