PHILADELPHIA – Regatta racing returns to the Schuylkill River on Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team hosts Northeastern in the 47th Burk Cup.
Burk Cup Schedule
9:00 a.m. – Varsity Four
9:20 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9:40 a.m. – Varsity Eight
Penn enters the race ranked No. 14 in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, while Northeastern is ranked No. 8. Neither team has rowed an official spring regatta.
The 2015 Burk Cup...
The No. 10 Quakers launched with pace in the Varsity Eight, building an early lead on the No. 7 Huskies in the opening 500 meters. With winds steady at 25 mph and gusting to upwards of 35 mph, consistency was key for the Red and Blue, who maintained that advantage through the middle portion of the race and putting together a nice sprint at the finish line to hold off the Huskies by 2.1 seconds. The Quakers were first to the stripe in 5:53.2 to Northeastern’s 5:55.3.
In the Second Varsity, The Quakers again picked up a well-earned victory, besting the Huskies by 1.8 seconds. Neither crew was able to move ahead by more than a few seats in the opening portion of the race, and the Quakers needed a strong finish to provide separation from the Huskies for the final margin of victory.
The Red and Blue retained the Burk Cup with the win in the Varsity Eight, moving the Quakers to 3-2 in the Burk Cup over the past five seasons after going without a win in the previous nine meeting. The back-to-back victories are the first time the Quakers have repeated since the Red and Blue won three in a row from 1997-99.
About the Burk Cup…
The Burk Cup was placed into competition in 1970 by “Friends of Pennsylvania Rowing” to honor Joseph Burk W’34, a member of Penn crew from 1931 to 1934 and coach of the Quakers from 1950 to 1969. The cup is challenged between Penn and Northeastern. While at Penn, Burk was a four-year member of the rowing team and captain of the varsity eight in his senior year. He was a two-time winner of the prestigious Diamond Single Sculls at Henley in 1938 and 1939, the first American to win twice, and was also the singles champion at the American and Canadian National regattas from 1937 to 1939. In 1939, Burk earned the James E. Sullivan Memorial Trophy as the nation’s top amateur athlete.
The University of Pennsylvania has won 21 Burk Cups, while Northeastern has claimed 25.