PHILADELPHIA - In the spring debut for first-year heavyweight rowing head coach Greg Myhr, the University of Pennslyvania's second varsity and freshman 8 each earned substantial victories, but the varsity 8 was edged by George Washington for the McCausland Cup Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River.
On a sunny, but chilly morning, the Quakers got off to an impressive start. Penn's second varsity outraced the Colonials with a finish of 5:44.2, topping George Washington's time of 5:47.5. The third varsity came across the finish at 6:08.7.
The winds weren't much of a factor all morning and were minimal by the start of the varsity 8 race. The Colonials jumped out earlyandwould not relinquish the lead. The Quakers made a push as they neared the grandstand, but it was not enough as the Colonials hung on with a winning time of 5:39.1. Much like last year, when Myhr was at the helm of the Colonials, the Quakers were close, but couldn't take back the McCausland Cup. Penn finished in 5:41.5, just more than a second of the pace. Last spring, George Washington won by one-tenth of a second.
In the final two races of the day, the two schools split the freshmen races. The Quakers novice 8 posted a decisive victory. They pulled away from the Colonials and won handily with a time of 5:50.0. George Washington's boat finished more than eight seconds later. The Colonials then had the top two boats in the freshmen 4+ at 6:43.8 and 6:45.5. Penn was just a few seats off the winning pace with a finish of 6:46.0.
The Quakers have next weekend off to prepare for the Childs Cup against Princeton and Columbia on April 10 in Pelham, N.Y.