Heavyweights Second at Crew Classic

SAN DIEGO – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team’s Varsity Eight claimed second place at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay this weekend, putting together a pair of strong performances to head into the meat of the Cup race schedule.

Entering the weekend ranked No. 13 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, the Varsity Eight finished in second place in the Grand Final, behind No. 2 California. The Quakers were 10.5 seconds behind the Bears, finishing in 6:03.68 to Cal’s 5:53.12.

The Quakers took it to a pair of crews ranked ahead of them, though, winning a three-team race for second and besting No. 10 Navy and No. 12 Stanford. All three crews were within two seconds of each other, Penn reaching the line 0.73 seconds ahead of the Cardinal and 1.95 seconds before the Midshipmen.

The Second Varsity was third in the Grand Final, finishing in a time of 6:08.23. That time was just over 10 seconds behind Cal’s ‘A’ boat which won the race in 5:58.06. The Bears took second with their ‘B’ boat in 6:04.75. Penn was well clear of its next closest competitor as Navy was fourth in 6:15.19, almost seven seconds behind the Red and Blue.

The Second Varsity made noise in Saturday’s heat, winning with open water over second place Stanford. The Quakers crossed first in 6:12.28, the Cardinal coming in second with a time of 6:18.98.

In Saturday’s heats, the Varsity Eight was second to No. 2 Cal, finishing 11 seconds behind the Bears but a similar margin ahead of third place Drexel.

The Quakers are back on home water April 4 to take on No. 7 Northeastern in the Burk Cup. The Quakers knocked off the Huskies last season in the Burk Cup.