PHILADELPHIA --Conditions could nopt have been better for the Blackwell Cup between Penn, Yale and Columbia on Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team won two of four races as sights begin to be set on Eastern Sprints and the postseason for the Red and Blue.
The Varsity Eight, ranked No. 7 in the country, came up just short in the Blackwell Cup race, finishing second to No. 5 Yale. The Bulldogs won by 4.3 seconds. The runner-up finish is the best result for the Quakers since taking second in 2011. For the second week in a row, the Red and Blue were better than the Lions, reaching the finish line 2.9 seconds ahead of Columbia.
Penn's Frosh Eight competed against Third Varsity boats, and Penn's youngsters took down Yale's 3V by 3.2 seconds for Penn's first win of the day. The Quakers were also victorious in the 4V, winning by a 6.9 second margin over Yale and ahead of Columbia by almost 17 seconds.
Penn's 2V was second to Yale, but 5.4 seconds ahead of Columbia.
The Quakers head to Annapolis, Md. next weekend for the Adams Cup with Navy and Harvard on April 25.