Heavyweight Rowing Prepares for Childs Cup Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - With one win in a cup race to its credit already this season, the No. 16 Penn men's heavyweight rowing team is back on the water this weekend against No. 4 Princeton and No. 10 Columbia with the Childs Cup on the line.

Saturday's race will be the 101st time the Childs Cup is contested, with the Quakers holding 44 wins in the all-time series. Princeton is right behind with 43 wins while Columbia owns 12. Cornell has one win in the history of the Childs Cup, but no longer competes in this race.

This year's incarnation of the Childs Cup will take place on Penn's home waters of the Schuylkill River. The schedule is as follows:
9:50 a.m. - Third Varsity
10:10 a.m. - First Novice
10:30 a.m. - Second Varsity
10:50 a.m. - First Varsity

The varsity eight is coming off a seven-second win over George Washington in the McCausland Cup on the Potomac River two weeks ago, starting the Cup season off in fine fashion. The Red and Blue crossed first in three of the four races against the Colonials, with the second and third varsity eights both beating GW to the finish by margins of 16.8 and 11.0 seconds, respectively. In the second frosh eights, Penn had a 9.4 second advantage at the finish. In the only loss of the day, the first frosh was edged by just 0.8 seconds.

Those performances hopefully are the harbinger of good results this weekend as Penn looks for its first win in the Childs Cup since 1993. The Tigers have had the best of the race of late, winning 16 of the last 17 races. Last year, at Orchard Beach, Princeton won the Cup back from Columbia with a time of 6:06.0 to the Lion's posting of 6:08.3. Penn finished in 6:14.6 rounding out the trio.

Tentative Boatings for Penn at the Childs Cup:
Varsity Eight
Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Matt VanVoorhis
7: Matt Jackson
6: Loren Mead
5: Kevin Kennedy
4: Piero Russo
3: Grant Wilson
2: Jim Senese
Bow: Brian Young

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Lawrence Tanzman
Stroke: Matt McPeak
7: Gordon Thompson
6: Daren Frankel
5: Jack McCluskey
4: Mitch Stein
3: Andrew Wolfram
2: Russ Windsor
Bow: Chris Martin

3rd Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Kenny Nickens
7: Nick Bristow
6: Dan Morrison
5: Luke Brzozowski
4: Dan Morson
3: Ricky Sanz
2: Nick Barnes
Bow: Nick Whitehead

First Frosh 8+
Cox - Eric Kim
Stroke - Jacques Bristow
7 - David Cerami
6 - Andrew Rosenthal
5 - Jeffery Schimmel
4 - Nick Kowalski
3 - Peter Bacas
2 - Alex Schade
Bow - Aaron Tas

Second Frosh 8+
Cox - Davis Butner
Stroke - Carlos de la Cruz
7 - Duncan Van Nest
6 - Colin Kane
5 - Matt Le Blanc
4 - Ethan Kerpelman
3 - Daniel Sawey
2 - Keith Rigney
Bow - Jonathan Walsh