PHILADELPHIA -The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team opened its spring season with a win in the McCausland Cup, defeating George Washington for the fifth consecutive year.
In the Varsity 8, the Red and Blue gauranteed retention of the McCausland Cup with an 8.4-second win over the Colonials. The Quakers navigated the Schuylkill River course in 5:46.7 to George Washington's 5:55.1. The Colonials were actually third overall in the race, with Drexel adding in to the competition and taking second in 5:50.2.
The Quakers added an open water victory in the 2V, crossing first in a time of 5:54.7. Penn was seven seconds ahead of second place GW, and 10.7 seconds ahead of third place Drexel.
Penn's frosh right also rowed to victory, cruising past Drexel and George Washington with a 13.6-second margin of victory. Penn's 3V added the fourth win of the day, besting George Washington by 9.1 seconds and Drexel by over 15 seconds.
Penn and Drexel also rowed a pair of fours races, the Dragons winning each. In the Varsity Four, Penn was within range of the Dragons, conceding the race by just 1.9 seconds.
The Red and Blue return to the water next weekend, heading to San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic March 28-29.