PHILADELPHIA - The 2011-12 heavyweight rowing season began for Penn on its home waters of the Schuylkill River as part of the 2011 Navy Day Regatta, and the Quakers put forth plenty of solid efforts in their first competitive action of the new season.
The varsity eight took third in the Men's Open/Collegiate 8+ race, just missing out on second place in a heated finish with Temple. Both crews were 22 seconds behind first-place Navy, but it was the two Philly schools that went stroke for stroke over the closing meters. The Quakers ultimately were beat to the line by the Owls by a margin of .02 seconds with Penn's 12:33.22 still 5.5 seconds ahead of fourth place. In 2010, Penn's A boat was also third in the race, but in a time of 12:45.70.
The junior varsity A boat was third in the JV 8+, finishing in 12:35.94 behind two Navy boats, including the first place crew which finished in 12:10.63. The Novice 8+ was another third place finisher for the Red and Blue, crossing in 12:44.73.
In the men's collegiate 4+, Penn had two of the top five finishers, with the A boat taking third in 13:33.37 and the B boat crossing in fifth with a time of 13:40.04.
For the freshmen in their first intercollegiate rowing action, the day was a chance to get used to the preparation for collegiate rowing and position themselves for future boatings. In the Novice 8+, Penn was again third, with the A boat crossing in 12:44.73 behind Navy and Drexel. The Novice 4+ was second in its race, with the A crew finishing in 14:21.19, taking second to the Midshipmen. Penn's B boat was fifth in the Novice 4+.
In doubles, the Red and Blue littered the top of the rankings as Penn's heavyweight and lightweight pairs accounted for five of the first six finishers. The heavyweight E boat of Gordon Thompson and Darren Frankel was second in 15:05.05 while the A boat was fourth in 15:12.77 and the D pair was sixth in 15:28.76.
The Quakers are back in action Oct. 23 at the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.