Heavyweights Close Cup Season against Cornell, Wisconsin

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s heavyweight rowing team will conclude its 2011 cup season with a dual meet against No. 8 Cornell on Friday and a matchup with No. 6 Wisconsin on Saturday.

Friday's regatta begins at 2 p.m., while the Saturday races will start at 3 p.m. A complete schedule for each day's events is listed below along with Penn's tentative boatings for the weekend.

The Big Red and the Quakers will compete for the Madeira Cup on the Schuylkill River Friday, the 56th straight year they have met. The Madeira Cup was placed into competition in 1956 by Crawford Madeira, a patron of Penn rowing. It is awarded every year to the winner of the varsity heavyweight race between Penn and Cornell. The Big Red have won each of the last three years and seven of the last eight. Penn last won the cup in 2007 on the Schuylkill River.

In 2010, Cornell defeated the Quakers for the third straight year, crossing the finish line in 5:42.9, 17 seconds faster than Penn. Cornell defeated Penn in four more races, taking a large lead in the second varsity. In the novice race, Penn kept it close but was eight seconds behind the Big Red freshmen boat.

Penn has a strong connection with the Wisconsin program. Head Coach Greg Myhr is a rowing almunus. Myhr rowed at Wisconsin from 1988-92, serving as a team captain and earning the program's Norm Sonju Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the program. He was a bronze medalist with the freshman eight at the 1989 Eastern Sprints; a silver medalist in the straight four at the 1990 IRA Championships; and a silver medalist in the second varsity eight at the 1991 IRAs. He graduated with a degree in philosophy.

In Penn’s last regatta two weeks ago, the Quakers finished 13th at the Eastern Springs in Worcester, Mass., for the second straight year. After a slow start, Penn’s varsity eight improved by almost eight seconds to win the Third Final with a time of 5:53.880, two seconds ahead of Northeastern. The second varsity finished fourth in its heat to make the Petite Finals, where they finished fourth again, improving by 7.5 seconds. The freshmen crew took second in the Third Final with a time of 6:17.909, an almost eight second improvement.

Two of Cornell’s four boats made the Grand Finals at the 2011 EARC Sprints, taking the bronze medal in the third varsity 8. The Big Red freshman eight also finished fifth overall. In the Petite Finals, the second varsity eight took first place, while the varsity eight finished in fourth. The Badgers captured their third consecutive Eastern Sprints title in the third varsity eight, which includes eight titles since 2000. Also pacing the Badgers was their second freshman eight, which won its second title at Eastern Sprints and first since 2000. Those results, combined with one silver medals and a bronze helped the Badgers place third in the race for the Rowe Cup. The trophy that goes to the overall team champions went to Harvard, which earned 41 points. Princeton was second with 34 points, while Wisconsin posted 28 points for its third-place result.

A complete recap and results of the regattas will be available shortly after its conclusion on PennAthletics.com.

Race Schedules

Penn vs. Cornell
2:15 PM - Coaches / Coxswains Meeting & Weigh In.
2:00 PM - Varsity Fours (Penn, Cornell LWT) Launch at 1:15PM
2:20 PM - Freshman Eights (Penn, Cornell) Launch at 1:35PM
2:40 PM - 2nd Varsity Eights (Penn, Cornell) Launch at 1:55PM
3:00 PM - Varsity Eights (Penn, Cornell) Launch at 2:15PM
3:20 PM - Open Fours (Penn A, Cornell, Penn B) Launch at 2:35PM

Penn vs. Wisconsin
1:30pm - Coaches / Coxswains Meeting & Weigh In.
3:00pm - Varsity Fours Launch at 2:15PM
3:20pm - Freshman Eights Launch at 2:35PM
3:40pm - 2nd Varsity Eights Launch at 2:55PM
4:00pm - Varsity Eights Launch at 3:15PM
4:20pm - Open Fours Launch at 3:35PM

Penn's Tentative Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Kenny Nickens
Seven: Matt Jackson
Six: Kevin Kennedy
Five: Matt VanVoorhis
Four: Grant Wilson
Three: Jim Senese
Two: Brian Young
Bow: Piero Russo

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Matt McPeak
Seven: Gordon Thompson
Six: Daren Frankel
Five: Loren Mead
Four: Mitch Stein
Three: Andrew Wolfram
Two: Russ Windsor
Bow: Chris Martin

Varsity Four
Cox: Lawrence Tanzman
Stroke: Nick Barnes
Three: Ricky Sanz
Two: Jack McCluskey
Bow: Dan Morrison

Open Four
Cox: Eric Kim
Stroke: Danny Morson
Three: Nick Bristow
Two: Carlos de la Cruz
Bow: Nick Whitehead

Open Four B
Cox: TBA
Stroke: Luke Brzozowski
Three: Duncan Van Nest
Two: Jon Walsh
Bow: Daniel Sawey

Freshman 8
Cox: M. Weber
Stroke: A Schade
7: A. Tas
6: J. Bristow
5: J. Schimmel
4: N. Kowalski
3: C. Kane
2: A. Rosenthal
Bow: E. Kerpelman