BOSTON --The first season of new University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing coach Geoff Bond has been a self-categorized slow build as the Quakers adjust to a new coaching group and new training regime. That process may have hit the fast-forward button on the Charles River as the No. 13 Quakers gave No. 5 Harvard fits in the 85th Adams Cup.
The Red and Blue were just 0.5 seconds behind the Crimson as the two crews reached the finish line, the second year in a row the Adams Cup was in doubt until the final strokes. Last year, Harvard outlasted Navy by 0.61 seconds on the Severn River.
The win is the 16th in a row for Harvard, and Penn took second for the first time since 2013.
Penn was well clear of No. 12 Navy, outlasting the Midshipmen by open water and a 6.4-second margin.
The Quakers were also second in the 2V, one second ahead of Navy.
1. Harvard 5:54.5
2. Penn 5:55.0
3. Navy 6:01.4
1. Harvard 5:57.9
2. Penn 6:03.1
3. Navy 6:04.1
1. Harvard 6:03.9
2. Navy 6:08.4
3. Penn 6:15.0