PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s heavyweight crew is on the Schuylkill River to race for the first time during this cup season, as the Quakers host Harvard and Navy for the annual Adams Cup races on Saturday morning. The Varsity 8 is scheduled to conclude a five-race schedule among the schools, with an 11 a.m. start time.
“The last two weekends have presented two very different tests,” said Penn’s second-year head coach, Geoff Bond. “Against Princeton in the Childs Cup, we fell behind early but demonstrated real conviction in not letting Princeton get away. In the Blackwell Cup Yale showed really impressive early speed and broke open water in the first 1k. That could have been cause to get discouraged and slow down, but our guys kept the foot to the floor and raced the full 2k. With each race a vital opportunity to test ourselves and get faster, the guys made good use of the Blackwell Cup. This Saturday is another chance to develop our game against fast crews from Harvard and Navy in the Adams Cup.”
The Adams Cup
On May 27, 1933, the varsity crews of Harvard, Navy and Penn met on the Charles River with a new cup as the prize for the victor. The perpetual trophy honors Charles Francis Adams, a Harvard graduate and Secretary of the Navy, and was placed into competition by these three institutions. Harvard, Navy and Penn had engaged in the same regatta since 1928 without an award. In 1932, the regatta was held in Annapolis, Md., and Harvard’s Eskey Clark, Navy’s Commander James L. Hall Jr., and Penn’s C. Louis Borie III conceived the idea of the perpetual trophy. Harvard has won the Adams Cup 54 times, including every year back to 2001, with Penn taking in 16 (most recently in 1999) and Navy 14 times (most recently in 1996).
The Varsity 8 is 2-2 this spring and ranked 10th in the latest USRowing national poll. Both wins have come over Columbia, with the losses coming by 2.5 seconds to No. 5 Princeton in the Childs Cup and by 10 seconds to No. 4 Yale last Saturday in the Blackwell Cup.
The Crimson are ranked third this week after defeating Princeton last Saturday by four seconds. Two weeks ago, Harvard defeated No. 9 Brown by nine seconds.
The Midshipmen are ranked 13th this week after sweeping Syracuse and Cornell last Saturday. Prior to that, they went 2-2 in a pair of races on April 8 at the George Washington Invitational. Navy began the spring with an eight-second loss to Princeton on April 1.
Schedule (subject to change pending weather conditions)
8:40 a.m. – Fifth Varsity
9 a.m. – Fourth Varsity 8
9:20 a.m. – Third Varsity 8
9:40 a.m. – Second Varsity 8
10 a.m. – Varsity 8 (Adams Cup)