Heavyweights Finish Fall with Two Regattas

Head of the Schuylkill Results

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PHILADELPHIA - During the last weekend of fall competition, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team competed at their home course at the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday and on Lake Carnegie at the Princeton Chase on Sunday. The varsity eights posted a third-place finish on the Schuylkill River and were 18th in Princeton.

On Sunday, Penn was 18th in the first race of the day. The first varsity finished in a time of 14:04.48 with Princeton winning the 40-team race on their home course with a time of 13:18.69. The third varsity placed 33rd in the same race at 14:36.64, while the second varsity was 37th at 14:53.89.

In the fours at Princeton, Penn's top boat was 20th, completing the three-mile course in 15:50.41. Not far behind was Penn's 'B' boat at 15:51.03, placing 22nd. Penn's top novice boat was 14th in their race, finishing in a time of 15:25.94.

On Saturday, the Quakers pulled in some encouraging performances on their home course heading into the spring.

Penn was third in the men's college novice eights and was just 14-tenths of a second from a runner-up finish. The Quakers' time of 14:12.43 was better than 26 of the other 28 boats as Princeton won the race with a time of 13:13.38. Also in that race, the second boat for the Red and Blue had a time good enough for a 21st-place finish at 16:38.94, but a 30-second penalty for a missed buoy dropped the team to 25th.

In the men's college novice fours at the Head of the Schuylkill, the Red and Blue placed seventh out of 16 with a time of 18:26.75. In the open fours, all four of Penn's boats finished in the top half of the race. Led by coxswain Richie Day, the Quakers' top boat placed third (15:02.01), 20 seconds behind the winning time posted by members of the Pennsylvania Athletic Club. Not far behind was the Matt Mildenberg-led boat in fifth-place at 15:04.64. Penn then placed a third boat in the top ten with Halley Sloane as coxswain. Their time of 15:49.75 was good enough for 10th place. Penn's final boat was 15th in the 36-boat race at 16:14.80.

Penn also had four boats in the men's pairs early Saturday morning. The top grouping placed sixth at 16:32.10, followed by Penn boats in seventh (16:53.37), eighth (16:55.35) and 10th-place (17:13.54) in the 14-boat competition.

The two competitions this weekend marked the end of the fall season for the Penn heavyweights. The team will spend the next five months preparing for the spring when competition will resume in late March.