PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team is two-for-two on home waters this spring, retaining the Burk Cup over Northeastern on a blustery day on the Schuylkill River.
The No. 10 Quakers launched with pace in the Varsity Eight, building an early lead on the No. 7 Huskies in the opening 500 meters. With winds steady at 25 mph and gusting to upwards of 35 mph, consistency was key for the Red and Blue, who maintained that advantage through the middle portion of the race and putting together a nice sprint at the finish line to hold off the Huskies by 2.1 seconds. The Quakers were first to the stripe in 5:53.2 to Northeastern’s 5:55.3.
In the Second Varsity, The Quakers again picked up a well-earned victory, besting the Huskies by 1.8 seconds. Neither crew was able to move ahead by more than a few seats in the opening portion of the race, and the Quakers needed a strong finish to provide separation from the Huskies for the final margin of victory.
The Red and Blue retained the Burk Cup with the win in the Varsity Eight, moving the Quakers to 3-2 in the Burk Cup over the past five seasons after going without a win in the previous nine meeting. The back-to-back victories are the first time the Quakers have repeated since the Red and Blue won three in a row from 1997-99. Penn is now 21-25 all-time in the Burk Cup.
Up next for Penn is the Childs Cup with No. 4 Princeton and No. 19 Columbia on April 11 in Princeton, N.J.
Photo of Varsity Eight retaining Burk Cup via Colin Kane '14
1. Penn 5:53.2
2. Northeastern 5:55.3
1. Penn 6:07.7
2. Northeastern 6:09.5
1. Northeastern 5:59.0
2. Penn Frosh 6:06.7
3. Penn 3V 6:16.1
1. Northeastern 6:43.9
2. Penn A 7:18.6
3. Penn B 7:33.6