Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania lightweight rowing team captured the Wood-Hammond Trophy this afternoon on the Schuylkill River. Georgetown, a guest in the annual race, won the overall event, but the Red and Blue took home its first trophy since 1978 besting Princeton.
In a very close varsity eight race, Georgetown rowed a time of six minutes flat to edge the Quakers (6:01.3)by 1.3 seconds. Princeton was 2.1 seconds off the pace of Penn clocking a time of 6:03.4 to finish in third.
"While we ran out of room to catch Georgetown, it was a great feeling to break Princeton's streak in our annual dual. The team knows that it can compete with the fastest squads in the league and we look forward to seeing the Hoyas again at the Eastern Sprints in May."
The Red and Blue notched a second-place finish in the novice eight with a time of 6:29.4. The Tigers recorded a time of 6:13.3 for the win, while the Hoyas were third with a mark of 6:35.7.
In the second varsity eight, Penn placed third with a time of 6:17.5. Princeton posted a time of 6:12.3 to edge Georgetown (6:14.4) for the win.