Heavyweight Rowing Set for Eastern Sprints

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PHILADELPHIA – Last year, Penn rowed to its best finish at EARC Sprints since 2007 with an 11th-place finish in the varsity eight overall after taking fifth in the Petite final. On Sunday, the Quakers will look to better that finish and prove that the Red and Blue are back among the nation’s top crews at the 2013 edition to Eastern Sprints.

The Quakers enter the weekend ranked No. 11 in the latest USRowing Collegiate poll – the highest Penn has been ranked under head coach Greg Myhr. The Red and Blue are the eight-highest ranked team among crews competing at Sprints this weekend and 15 of the 18 boats entered in the varsity eight are ranked inside the Top-20.

Penn is seeded ninth out of the 18 crews, entered in a heat with No. 5 Brown, No. 7 Princeton, No. 13 Navy, No. 20 George Washington and Holy Cross. Penn has defeated Navy and George Washington as part of its spring Cup racing and finished third in a race which featured Princeton – a race which saw the Quakers well off the pace following a run-in with a wayward high school crew warming up for a later race.

Last year, Penn was fourth in its heat before finishing fifth in the Petite Final for its highest finish since taking ninth in 2007. Penn last win at EARC Sprints came in 1998. Overall, the Quakers have won six championships at Sprints.

Schedule for EARC Sprints
7:56 a.m. – Varsity Four
9:48 a.m. – Frosh Eight (Heat #2)
10:36 a.m. – Second Varsity (Heat #1)
11:36 a.m. – Varsity Eight (Heat #3)
1:24 p.m. – Second Frosh
2:51/3:06 p.m. – Frosh Eight Petite/Grand Final
3:48/4:03/4:18 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight Third/Petite/Grand Final
4:30/4:45/5:00 p.m. – Varsity Eight Third/Petite/Grand Final

Penn Probable Boatings for Eastern Sprints

Varsity Eight
Cox: Louis Lombardi
Stroke: Matthew McPeak
7. John McCluskey
6. Harry Holroyd
5. Daren Frankel
4. Mitchell Stein
3. James Senese
2. Matthew Jackson
Bow: Kenny Nickens

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Eric Kim
Stroke: Jeffrey Schimmel
7. Robert Wallace
6. Matt Slodden
5. Keith Rush
4. Ted Brochu
3. Jonathan Hennessy
2. Dara Alizadeh
Bow: Colin Kane

Frosh Eight
Cox: Jacob Mendelson
Stroke: Richard Censits
7. Alexander Buck
6. Jared Levin
5. Conor Davenport
4. Chris Matyjek
3. Daniel Kraft
2. Kevin McHale
Bow: Alex Brown

Second Frosh Eight
Cox: Gregory Muir
Stroke: Marc Gerard
7. Alexander Weeks
6. Peter St. Michael
5. Diego Fiori
4. Joseph Mack
3. Matthew Wagener
2. Zachary Endter
Bow: Max Heiden

Varsity Four
Cox: Jonathan Reis
Stroke: Alex Schade
3. Joseph Simon
2. Leonard Kaminski
Bow: Zachary Bandes