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Burk Cup

Adams Cup

PHILADELPHIA - After a nine-year stay on Huntington Avenue with Northeastern, the Burk Cup is returning to University City and Penn.

The No. 15 Penn heavyweight crew bested No. 20 Northeastern on the Schuylkill, winning an extremely tight race in a time of 6:04.0. The Huskies were right behind in a time of 6:05.5. Only seven races in the 42-year history of the race have had a closer margin of victory than Penn's 1.5-second win. The last race decided by 1.5 seconds or less was the 2001 race, which Penn won on the Charles River by a miniscule five-tenths of a second.

The win is the 19th in the history of the Burk Cup, moving Penn within four wins of Northeastern's series-leading 23 wins.

Penn won the Burk Cup for the first time since 2001 and the victory was the first in the race on home water since 1999.

With an increasing headwind making conditions tougher than the morning races, Penn won three of the four races in the competition, including a win by 16.6 seconds in the second frosh race. While Northeastern didn't race a second varsity boat, the Red and Blue had its second and third varsity eights defeat guesting Temple. The Huskies won the first novice race.

The day started in difficult fashion for Penn as No. 3 Harvard retained the Adams Cup with a 3.6-second win over No. 13 Navy and No. 16 Penn, one of four wins in the Adams Cup for the Crimson.

Penn is off for three weeks until the Eastern Sprints in Worchester, Mass.

Burk Cup
Varsity 8
Penn - 6:04.0
Northeastern - 6:05.5

2nd Varsity 8
Penn 2V - 6:17.5
Penn 3V - 6:29.9
Temple (Guest) - 6:30.1

1st Frosh 8
Northeastern - 6:11.5
Penn - 6:23.5

2nd Frosh 8
Penn - 6:32.0
Northeastern - 6:48.0

Adams Cup
Varsity 8
Harvard - 5:31.5
Navy - 5:35.1
Penn - 5:47.1

2nd Varsity 8
Harvard - 5:36.3
Navy - 5:45.0
Pennsylvania - 5:47.2

3rd Varsity 8
Harvard - 5:44.7
Navy - 5:52.5
Penn - 6:03.9

4th Varsity 8
Harvard - 5:57.0
Navy - 5:59.0

Frosh 8
Harvard - 5:39.0
Navy - 5:45.2
Penn - 5:59.4

2nd Frosh 8
Navy - 5:55.2
Penn - 6:10.3
Northeastern (Guest) - 6:22.3