Heavyweights Wrap Up Season at IRA Regatta

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CAMDEN, N.J. - With a fourth-place finish in the Third Final, the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team placed 16th overall among the varsity eights at the IRA Regatta this weekend on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

In Penn's first race on Thursday, the Quakers' varsity eight had trouble keeping up with the competition in a fast heat. The Red and Blue finished in 6:04.420 to place sixth. It was a tight race for the top five boats as they were all seperated by a total of just five seconds. There were great conditions throughout the final day of the IRA Regatta as Penn topped Oregon State and Jacksonville to claim fourth-place in the Third Final and finish 16th in the nation this season.

The second varsity finished fifth in its heat on Thursday. The field took an open water lead on the Quakers' boat and the Red and Blue couldn't recover. Brown won the heat to qualify for the Grand Final as Penn came across in a time of 6:14.957. The race on Saturday in the Third Final was much closer. The Quakers pressured Dartmouth and Navy and finished third. The Big Green hung on to beat Navy by a few seats, Penn was about 10 seconds behind with a time of 6:03.743.

The freshman boat was sixth in its Thursday heat. They finished with a time of 6:21.990 as Harvard cruised to a victory with a finish of 5:44.548. However, the Quakers bounced back in the Third Final. They were within a second of Syracuse, just a few seats back, but the Orange held off the Red and Blue. Syracuse won with a time of 5:53.345, while Penn pushed across the finish line at 5:54.234.

In the fours, Penn's varsity finished fourth in its six-team heat. The Quakers topped Ivy rival Princeton and Saint Joseph's with its time of 6:41.680. On Friday, the Quakers finished sixth at 6:45.807 to move into the Petite Final on Saturday. In that race, they finished as the runner-up, edging both Syracuse and Temple for second place. Yale won the final with a time of 6:24.537, Penn came across at 6:28.212 which was three-tenths of a second in front of Syracuse and four-tenths better than Temple.

In the open fours, Penn was fourth on Thursday, finishing its heat in 6:52.473. As the only other Penn boat to race on Friday, the Quakers were fifth at 6:42.412, edging Princeton by a little less than a second. Then in the Petite Final, the Red and Blue finished with a time 6:44.376 to place sixth.

California won the varisty eight national title for the second time in five years, just edging out Washington. However, Washington did win the second varsity championship and the freshman eight championship.