Heavyweights Conclude Cup Season Friday at Cornell

PHILADELPHIA - As is tradition, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team will conclude its Ivy cup season with a dual meet against Cornell. For the 55th consecutive year, the Big Red and the Quakers will compete for the Madeira Cup when they hit the water Friday on the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y.

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 two years and seven of the last eight. Penn last won the cup in 2007 on the Schuylkill River.

In 2009, the Big Red, who did not lose a single dual meet that 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.

In Penn's last regatta, the Quakers finished 13th at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass. In the varsity heat, the Red and Blue crew finished fifth. That put Penn in the Third Final where the Quakers won with some space. The Quakers finished with a winning time of 5:46.647, which was several seats ahead of George Washington, who had defeated the Quakers in the first regatta of the spring. Penn also left open water between it and the final four crews - Georgetown, Holy Cross, Rutgers, and M.I.T.

Cornell is coming off of a third-place finish in the Petite Final at Eastern Sprints. The second freshmen 8 picked up a gold medal for the Big Red, while the second varsity was a silver medalist and the novice 8 won a bronze medal.

A complete list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below, while a complete recap and results of the regatta will be available shortly after its conclusion on PennAthletics.com.

Tentative Penn Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Matt Dunn
7: Piero Russo
6: Grant Wilson
5: Matt VanVoorhis
4: Brian Young
3: Pat Kneeland
2: Ricky Sanz
Bow: Bayard Wilson

2nd Varsity:
Cox: Lawrence Tanzman
Stroke: Derek Gollnitz
7: Nick Barnes
6: Kevin Kennedy
5: Loren Mead
4: Dan Morrison
3: Tim Simon
2: Russ Windsor
Bow: Andrew Wolfram

Frosh Eight:
Cox: Karis Tzeng
Stroke: Kenny Nickens
7: Matt McPeak
6: Jim Senese
5: Matt Jackson
4: Daren Frankel
3: Nick Bristow
2: Jack McCluskey
Bow: Mitch Stein

Varsity Four:
Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Chris Martin
3: Luke Brzozowski
2: Mike Rizzo
Bow: Gordon Thompson

Open Four:
Cox: Meredith Shea
Stroke: Dan Morson
3: Jake Werlin
2: Adam Neinstein
Bow: Kalhan Koul