Heavyweights Can't Claim Madeira Cup from Cornell

PHILADELPHIA – In the final home regatta of the season, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team was unable to reclaim the Madeira Cup from undefeated Cornell on Friday on the Schuylkill River.
The Big Red, who did not lose a single dual meet this season, won each of the head-to-head races against the Quakers. In the Varsity 8 race, Cornell officially claimed the Madeira Cup when they finished the 2,000-meter course with a time of 6:03. Penn finished the event at 6:18. It marked the second year in a row in which the Big Red were able to take the Madeira Cup to Ithaca, N.Y.
The Second Varsity also fell to the Big Red as they finished with a similar time of 6:18, about 10 seconds behind their Ivy counterparts. To cap off the day, the Quakers finished with a time of 6:16 novice race, but were short of Cornell's finish of 6:07.
The regatta on Friday marked the final competition for five seniors. Penn now prepares for the cross country trip where they will close out their season at the IRA National Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The national championship regatta begins on June 4 and runs through June 6.