Heavyweight Rowing Competes for Adams Cup

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team heads to Annapolis this weekend to compete for the Adams Cup with Harvard and Navy on the Severn River.

The Quakers are coming off second place finishes in the Childs Cup and Blackwell Cup following wins to open the spring in the McCausland Cup and Burk Cup.

Last year, Penn struggled on home water en route to a third place finish to the Crimson and Midshipmen. Two years ago on the Charles River, Penn was second after a tight battle with Navy for the runner-up spot.

The Crimson have won the last 14 Adams Cup races, Penn’s last win coming in 1999. Overall, Harvard has the lead in the all-time series with 52 wins to 16 for Penn and 14 for Navy.

About the Adams Cup…

On May 27, 1933, the varsity crews of Harvard, Navy and Penn met on the Charles River with a new cup as the prize for the victor. 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.

Schedule for the Adams Cup

7:45am - 1V (Adams Cup)
8:15am - 2V
8:45am - 1F
9:15am - 3V
9:45am - 4V