Heavyweight Rowing Competes for Adams Cup

PHILADELPHIA – For the 84th time, the Adams Cup is on the line this weekend as No. 13 Penn heads to the Charles River to row against No. 5 Harvard and No. 12 Navy.

First contested in 1933, the perpetual trophy honors Charles Francis Adams, a Harvard graduate and Secretary of the Navy, and was placed into competition by these three institutions. Harvard, Navy and Penn had engaged in the same regatta since 1928 without an award. In 1932, the regatta was held in Annapolis, Md., and Harvard’s Eskey Clark, Navy’s Commander James L. Hall Jr., and Penn’s C. Louis Borie III conceived the idea of the perpetual trophy.

Penn has won 16 Adams Cup races overall, but has gone winless since 1999. Since that last win for the Quakers, Harvard has had the better of the series with 15 consecutive wins to bring its total to 53. Navy has claimed 14 Adams Cups, but has not hoisted the trophy since 1998.

Last year, Penn was third on the Schuylkill River, as Harvard narrowly edged the Midshipmen by 061 seconds for the win.

Adams Cup Schedule
7:12 a.m. – Fifth Varsity
7:48 a.m. – Fourth Varsity
8:24 a.m. – Third Varsity
8:48 a.m. – Second Varsity
9:12 a.m. – Varsity Eight