Heavyweights Post Two First-Place Finishes in Season Opener

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PHILADELPHIA - In the first regatta of the season, two boats won their respective races Saturday for the University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team at the Navy Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

In the first official race of the 2009-10 campaign, and the first under head coach Greg Myhr, the Quakers finished first. In the men's open 4+ early Saturday morning, Lawrence Tanzman, Matthew Dunn, Bayard Wilson, Brian Young and Nicholas Barnes topped the field with a time of 14:21.74.

Penn had three other boats in that opening race with finishing times of 14:28.35 (third place), 14:29.17 (fourth) and 4:53.15 (sixth). In all, there were nine boats in Penn's initial head race.

Later that morning, in Penn's next competition, the Quakers duplicated the first-place finish. The Red and Blue's top novice boat was the best of 20 in the men's collegiate novice 8. They crossed the finish line in a time of 13:12.80, two seconds ahead of Navy's top boat.

After the two victories to start the day, the novice 4+ finished eighth during a windy afternoon in Philadelphia. Their time of 15:38.15 was about a minute behind the winner and well ahead of the final six teams.

In the final competition of the day, the heavyweights were fifth in the men's open collegiate 8+. At 12:35.97, they were 24 seconds off the leader. Penn's second boat clocked out at 12:42.19 to place ninth in the 25-team race. The final two boats in the race for the Quakers finished at 14:00.44 and 14:32.29, respectively.

The 24th annual Navy Regatta was a 2.5 mile-long head race that featured more than 50 events and approximately 2,000 athletes.

The Quakers are back in action next weekend when they travel to Boston, Mass., to participate in the prestigous Head of the Charles on Sunday, Oct. 18.