Heavyweight Rowing Hosts Northeastern Saturday

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team is back on home waters on Saturday, hosting Northeastern in the 46th installment of the Burk Cup.

First rowed in 1970, the Burk Cup was placed into competition by “Friends of Pennsylvania Rowing” to honor Joseph Burk W’34, a member of Penn crew from 1931 to 1934 and coach of the Quakers from 1950 to 1969. The cup is challenged between Penn and Northeastern. While at Penn, Burk was a four-year member of the rowing team and captain of the varsity eight in his senior year. He was a two-time winner of the prestigious Diamond Single Sculls at Henley in 1938 and 1939, the first American to win twice, and was also the singles champion at the American and Canadian National regattas from 1937 to 1939. In 1939, Burk earned the James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

The Quakers, ranked No. 10 in this week’s USRowing Poll, have won 20 Burk Cup races to 25 for the Huskies. The Red and Blue were victorious last year, besting the Huskies by 2.4 seconds on the Schuylkill River.

Penn is 1-for-1 in Cup races this season, with a win in the McCausland Cup over George Washington two weeks ago on the Schuylkill. Last weekend, the Quakers were second to No. 2 Cal in the San Diego Crew Classic.

The Huskies, ranked No. 7 this week, have yet to compete this spring.

Schedule for the Burk Cup
9:20 a.m. - Fours
9:40 a.m. - Third Varsity/Frosh Eights
10 a.m. - Second Varsity
10:20 a.m. - Varsity Eight

Penn’s Probable Boatings for the Burk Cup

Varsity Eight
Cox: Louis Lombardi
Stroke: Dara Alizadeh
7. Robert Wallace
6. Kevin McHale
5. Joseph Simon
4. Matt Slodden
3. Matthew Wagener
2. Harry Holroyd
Bow: Richard Censits

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Jacob Mendelson
Stroke: Connor Davenport
7. Jonathan Hennessy
6. Peter St. Michael
5. Chris Matyjek
4. Alexander Buck
3. Zachary Bandes
2. Joseph Mack
Bow: Kevin Kelly

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Lauren Hochman
Stroke: Diego Fiori
7. Daniel Kennedy-Moore
6. Chet Heldman
5. Harrison Thayer
4. Elliot Bok
3. Jeremy Wright
2. Jakub Dziedzic
Bow: Sam Altland

Frosh Eight
Cox: Michael Dudum
Stroke: Henry Rogers
7. Torin DiSalvo
6. Roel Van Broekhuizen
5. Matt Kreps
4. Mihir Dekhne
3. Ethan Stinner
2. David Loungani
Bow: Joel Kagan

Varsity Four ‘A’
Cox: Natalie McFall
Stroke: Frederick LaViolette
3. Leonard Kaminski
2. Sean O’Dowd
Bow: Cole Speidel

Varsity Four ‘B’
Cox: Katelyn Roberts
Stroke: Ted Brochu
3. Travis Gosse
2. Andrew Chou
Bow: Richard Slade