WORCESTER, Mass. - Both the varsity and second varsity boats for the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team won the Third Final, while the freshmen finished fifth in the Petite Final at the EARC Sprints Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
In the varsity heat, the Red and Blue crew finished fifth. The Quakers were among each of the boats that pulled away from M.I.T., but they couldn't keep up with the rest of the field. Penn finished in 5:53.999, while Harvard won the heat with a time of 5:39.520. The effort put Penn in the Third Final where the Quakers won with some space. They won with a time of 5:46.647 which was several seats ahead of the George Washington who had defeated the Quakers in the first regatta of the spring. Penn also left open water between it and the final four crews - Georgetown, Holy Cross, Rutgers, and M.I.T.
Against a tough field, the second varsity was fifth in its heat.The team finished in 6:08.850, which was an open water defeat to fourth-place Yale. Then in the Third Final, the Quakers won handily. They finished in 5:56.057 and only George Washington, who was four seconds behind, was within 10 seconds of the Red and Blue.
In the first heat between the freshmen boats, the Quakers finished third and qualified for the Petite Final with a time of 5:54.859. The Quakers were several seats behind second-place Columbia, but also a few seats ahead of fourth-place Brown. The Petite Final was a close finish between the Quakers and Yale, but the Red and Blue edged out the Bulldogs to finish fifth at 5:55.008.
In the third race of the morning, the Quakers finished fourth in the third varsity heat. The Quakers' boat completed the course in 6:05.702, finishing about 10 seconds behind Cornell, but leaving open water between them and fifth-place Navy.
In the fours, the Quakers placed third during the first race of the regatta with a finish of 7:08.784.
This year, the IRA Championships are on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The regatta runs from June 3-5.