Heavyweights Head to Boston for Adams Cup

PHILADELPHIA - It will be a tall task going up against one of the top five teams in the nation on their home course, but the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team will head to Boston in an effort to bring the Adams Cup back with them to Philadelphia. The cup will be at stake when Harvard hosts Navy and Penn Saturday on the Charles River.

The Adams Cup race is the first of the day as the three varsity squads start the regatta at 8:12 a.m. The last race is scheduled for 10:36 a.m. Harvard will enter the regatta ranked No. 4 in the nation. Navy is 16th in the country, while the Quakers are No. 18 this week.

The annual Adams Cup trophy honors Charles Francis Adams, a Harvard graduate and Secretary of the Navy, and was placed into competition by these three institutions in 1933. Penn has won the cup 16 times, most recently on the Schuylkill River in 1999. Harvard has won the most with 45 Adams Cup victories, which includes each race since the Quakers' victory 11 years ago.

Last year in Annapolis, Md., Harvard won the Adams Cup for the ninth-straight time, but Penn had its best finish in the event since 2002. The Crimson took the title as the only boat with a sub-six minute time, finishing in 5:54.50. The Quakers made an effort to stay with their Ivy counterparts in the calm waters, finishing in a time of 6:03.71.

Last week, No. 7 Yale ran away from Penn and No. 12 Columbia to claim the Blackwell Cup on the Schuylkill River. The Bulldogs and Lions gained an early advantage on the Quakers and were able to keep Penn in their midst. Yale kept its lead on the Columbia and won with a time of 5:41.3, while the Lions were just a few seats behind with a time of 5:43.8. Penn was unable to keep up with the two top-ranked boats, finishing in 5;57.8. The novice 8 were the highlight of the day for the Quakers. They won by several seats with a time of 6:00.7. Columbia was pushing the Penn freshmen right to the end, but they were unable to catch the Red and Blue, finishing in 6:03.4.

A complete recap and results of the regatta will be available shortly after its conclusion on PennAthletics.com.

Tentative Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Halley Sloane
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 Eight

Cox: Lawrence Tanzman
Stroke: Derek Gollnitz
7: Nick Barnes
6: Kevin Kenedy
5: Andrew Wolfram
4: Dan Morrison
3: Tim Simon
2: Russ Windsor
Bow: Chris Martin

3rd Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Loren Mead
7: Gordon Thompson
6: Mike Rizzo
5: Luke Brzozowski
4: Kalhan Koul
3: Dan Morson
2: Albert Kao
Bow: Grady Williams

Frosh Eight
Cox: Meredith Shea
Stroke: Kenny Nickens
7: Matt Jackson
6: Ivan Lys-Dobradin
5: Nick Bristow
4: Jack McCluskey
3: Matt McPeak
2: Jim Senese
Bow: Mitch Stein

Frosh Four
Cox: Karis Tzeng
Stroke: Daren Frankel
3: Jake Werlin
2: Elliot Rambach
Bow: Bryan Barker