Heavyweights Sweep Drexel in Opener on Schuylkill

PHILADELPHIA – Facing difficult weather conditions in the opening races of the Pennsylvania Invitational on the Schuylkill River, the University of Pennsylvania men’s heavyweights swept Drexel in all four races run on Friday afternoon.

With a headwind reaching 18-22 miles per hour, and gusting even higher, Penn’s varsity 8 finished the 2,000-meter course in 7:02.7 while Drexel could not complete the course, having to stop and bail water with 700 meters to go in the race.

The Quakers' second varsity 8finished a full 10 seconds ahead of Drexel in6:56.5, the best time on the day. The third varsity 8 race saw Penn ahead by 14 seconds,clocking 7:10.2, and the freshmen had little trouble in besting the Dragons, finishing in 7:19.6, 22.1 seconds in front of the Dragons.

After battling whitecap conditions in the opener, Penn will look for calmerwaters -- despite anticipated rain --when it takes on Northeastern in the Burk Cup and George Washington in the McCausland Cup Saturday afternoon towrap up the Pennsylvania Invitational.

Varsity 8+
1. Penn - 7:02.7
2. Drexel - DNF

2nd Varsity 8+
1. Penn - 6:56.5
2. Drexel - 7:16.5

3rd Varsity 8+
1. Penn - 7:10.2
2. Drexel - 7:24.7

Freshmen/Novice
1. Penn - 7:19.6
2. Drexel - 7:41.7
3. Drexel 2F - 7:50.0