PHILADELPHIA - Against two of the top ranked crews in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team fell short in the race for the Blackwell Cup, but won the novice 8 race Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River. No. 7 Yale claimed the cup and No. 12 Columbia was the runner-up.
The conditions were fairly pleasant as Yale ran away with the Blackwell Cup. 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-12 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 Penn right to the end, but they were unable to catch the Red and Blue, finishing in 6:03.4. Yale was out of contention early and finished in a time of 6:15.0.
In the remaining three races, the Quakers were the runner-ups. The second varsity race was a tight battle for second place. Yale pulled away for the win with a time of 5:59.8. But the Lions and Quakers were matching stroke for stroke as the finish line neared. Penn had the lead and held off Columbia, crossing the line at 6:09.4. The Lions were less than a second behind at 6:10.0.
In the freshman fours, Yale was the top team again with a time of 7:01.2. Penn was second at 7:08.0. Columbia also did not have a boat in the third varsity race and it was Yale that posted a decisive victory. The Bulldogs were well ahead with a finish of 6:01.9, while Penn finished in 6:19.4.
In one week, the Quakers will face off with Harvard and Navy for the Adams Cup in Boston, Mass.