PHILADELPHIA – A Schuylkill River Showdown awaits the University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team early Saturday morning as the No. 12 Quakers host No. 1 Yale and No. 18 Columbia for the Blackwell Cup. The heavyweights will row three total races as part of a seven-race morning alongside the lightweights who are contesting the Dodge Cup as well.
Blackwell Cup Schedule
8:00 a.m. – Third Varsity
8:20 a.m. – Second Varsity
8:40 a.m. – Varsity Eight (Blackwell Cup)
Lightweight races start at 7:30 a.m. with the Varsity Eight rowing for the Dodge Cup at 8:30 a.m.
The Blackwell Cup is presented for annual competition among the varsity crews of Penn, Yale and Columbia in memory of George Engs Blackwell, an 1880 Columbia graduate. The Blackwell family placed the cup into competition in 1927.
This year’s installment of the Blackwell Cup is the 85th time Penn, Yale, and Columbia have competed for the trophy. Penn has the second most wins overall in the regatta with 34. Yale has crossed the line first on 45 occasions, while Columbia owns five wins.
Penn will be looking for its first win in the Blackwell Cup since 2002 – a 0.7 second win over Yale which was Penn’s fourth in a row. Since Penn’s last victory, Yale has won 11 of the past 13 Blackwell Cups – including each of the last six. The Quakers have been runner-up seven times, including 2015.
Last year, Penn was second to Yale at Orchard Beach by 4.36 seconds and ahead of Columbia by 2.89 seconds. Penn’s Frosh Eight from 2015 defeated Yale’s 3V by over three seconds for a win, while the 4V had a 6.9-second win.
Yale ventures to Boathouse Row coming off wins in Cup races over Dartmouth and Brown sandwiched around a victory at the San Diego Crew Classic. Columbia was third last week to Princeton and Penn in the Childs Cup, and second the week before to Dartmouth after opening its spring with a win over Rutgers.