Heavyweight Rowing Opens 2014 on Schuylkill River

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PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s heavyweight rowing program launches its 2014 season this weekend with the Pennsylvanian Invitational on the Schuylkill River. The Quakers will compete on both Friday and Saturday, hosting Drexel, Northeastern and George Washington as part of a round-robin event.

Friday, March 28
Time Boat
1:50 p.m. 2F (UP vs. DU)
2 p.m. 3V (NU vs. GW)
2:10 p.m. 3V (UP vs. DU)
2:20 p.m. 2V (NU vs. GW)
2:30 p.m. 1F (UP vs. DU)
2:50 p.m. 2V (UP vs. DU)
3 p.m. V8 (NU vs. GW)
3:10 p.m. V8 (UP vs. DU)

Saturday, March 29
Time Boat
9 a.m. 4V (UP vs. NU)
9:10 a.m. F8 (DU vs. GW)
9:20 a.m. 3V (UP vs. NU)
9:30 a.m. 2V (DU vs. GW)
9:40 a.m. 2V (UP vs. NU)
9:50 a.m. V8 (DU vs. GW)
10 a.m. V8 (UP vs. NU)
10:10 a.m. 2F (DU vs. GW)

Saturday, March 29
Time Boat
2 p.m. 2F (UP vs. GW)
2:10 p.m. 4V (DU vs. NU)
2:20 p.m. F8 (UP vs. GW)
2:30 p.m. 3V (DU vs. NU)
2:40 p.m. 2V (UP vs. GW)
2:50 p.m. 2V (DU vs. NU)
3 p.m. V8 (UP vs. GW)
3:10 p.m. V8 (DU vs. NU)

Saturday’s racing will feature two Cup races for the Quakers, as Penn takes on Northeastern in the Burk Cup for the 45th time while the Quakers and George Washington will contest the McCausland Cup for the seventh time.

The Burk Cup was placed into competition in 1970 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.

Northeastern has won 25 Burk Cup races to 19 for the Quakers. Penn’s last win came in 2011 on the Schuylkill River by a 1.5-second margin.

The Quakers are 4-2 all-time in the McCausland Cup against George Washington.

Penn’s Boatings for the Weekend
Varsity 8
Cox: Louis Lombardi
Stroke: Dara Alizadeh
7: Joseph Simon
6: Peter St. Michael
5: Kevin McHale
4: Harry Holroyd
3: Zachary Bandes
2: Joseph Mack
Bow: Robert Wallace

Second Varsity 8
Cox: Jacob Mendelson
Stroke: Conor Davenport
7: Jonathan Hennessy
6: Jeffrey Schimmel
5: Chris Matyjek
4: Matt Slodden
3: Matthew Wagener
2: Alex Schade
Bow: Eric Sezgen

Third Varsity 8
Cox: Eric Kim
Stroke: Samuel Shepherd
7: Leonard Kaminski
6: Diego Fiorsi
5: Sean O’Dowd
4: Colin Kane
3: Adam Marquardt
2: Sean Hartman
Bow: Frederick LaViolette

Freshman 8
Cox: Matt Harris
Stroke: Bar Oron
7: Bradford Taylor
6: Sean Forester
5: Harrison Thayer
4: Kevin Kelly
3: Daniel Kennedy-Moore
2: Chet Heldman
Bow: Jeremy Wright