Heavyweights Fall to Cornell in Madeira Cup Race


ITHACA, N.Y. - For the third straight year, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team came up a little short in its effort to reclaim the Madeira Cup from Cornell. The Big Red topped the Quakers varsity boat Friday morning on the Cayuga Inlet Lake in Ithaca, N.Y.

In the final dual matchup of the season, the Quakers broke six minutes in the first varsity race, but were outdone by Cornell. The Big Red came across the finish line in 5:42.9. They maintained an open water lead over the Penn boat, topping the Red and Blue by 17 seconds. The Quakers crossed the finish line in 5:58.0 and Cornell kept the Madeira Cup in Ithaca for another year.

Cornell also took the other four races from the Quakers. The second varsity race went much the same as the first with the Big Red taking advantage of their home course and opening a sizeable lead on the Quakers. Penn finished in 6:20.7, but the Cornell boat won in a time of 5:57.5.

The novice race was the closest of the day. The Quakers stuck with their Ivy foes for much of the race and pressured the Big Red for the length of the 2,000 meters. However, the result was the same as Cornell won with a time of 6:04.0. Penn came in shortly afterward at 6:12.6.

In the fours, Cornell set the tone during the first race of the day. The Big Red won the varsity race with a time of 6:41.8. Penn came across 20 seconds later at 7:03.7 A short while later, in the open fours, Cornell claimed another victory with a time of 6:53.3, topping Penn's finish of 7:08.5.

This year, the IRA Championships are on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The regatta runs from June 3-5.