PELHAM, N.Y. - In a matchup with No. 7 Princeton and No. 13 Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team managed to win the second frosh race, but were third when it came to the battle for the Childs Cup Saturday at Orchard Beach Lagoon.
Princeton reclaimed the Childs Cup from host Columbia. Facing some strong winds in the New York City area, the first varsity boat trailed early and was unable to catch up to its Ivy counterparts. Princeton edged out the Lions to win the cup for the 16th time in the last 17 races. The Tigers finished in 6:06.0, just ahead of Columbia at 6:08.3, while Penn fell off the pace, but finished in 6:14.6.
Penn had two boats in the second frosh race and it was the second freshman four that won it for the Quakers. They blew away the field and finished in 7:43.4. That boat was the only one of the three to break the eight-minute barrier as Princeton was second at 8:09.3 and Penn's second boat came across the finish line at 8:16.6.
The Quakers were the runner-ups in the second varsity race. Princeton was excluded from the race and Penn was side-by-side with Columbia. But the Lions edged out the Quakers with a winning time of 6:24.6. Penn came in just moments later, stopping the clock at 6:26.8
In the first race of the morning, the third varsity struggled to keep up with the surging Tigers. Princeton pulled away and won the initial matchup of Ivy rivals with a time of 6:32.9. Penn came in at 6:47.1.
In the second race of the morning, the freshman finished third as they were edged out by Columbia. Princeton got a comfortable lead and won the race with a time of 6:18.2, but the Lions and Quakers battled for the runner-up position with the hosts finishing in 6:25.8 and Penn rowing to a stop at 6:28.2.
Penn is back on the water next week when they return to the Schuylkill River. The Quakers will host Yale and Columbia on Saturday with the rights to the Blackwell Cup on the line.