Princeton, N.J. The University of Pennsylvania lightweight rowing team captured its first Lev-Brett Cup since 1997 by taking two out of three races from Rutgers this morning on Lake Carnegie.
“Any time you can start the season with a victory, is a great victory,” Head Coach Mike Irwin said. “The team is very pleased to start the season on a positive note.”
In the varsity race, the Penn boat of coxswain Colin Groshong 07, 8 Ben Cooley 07, 7 Pat Travers 07, 6 Drew Zech 07, 5 Chris Storm 07, 4 Tim Mahoney 06, 3 Dave Read 05, 2 Sebastian Paraud 07, 1 Sean Cronin 07 bested the Scarlet Knights by more than four seconds finishing with a time of 5:42.8.
The freshman boat of coxswain Brandon Weber, 8 Jon Tamblyn, 7 Max Funk, 6 Josh Sowick, 5 Craig Wenger, 4 Ryan Cobb, 3 Austin McDaniel, 2 Max Cancre,
and 1 Mikhial Gasiorowski clocked a time of 6:03.9 for the victory.
Rutgers only victory of the day came during the second varsity race as it finished in a time of 5:48.6 The Red and Blue squad of coxswain Sean Luhks 05, 8 Chris Mingle 05, 7 Joe McQuaid 05, 6 Jason Brooks 05, 5 Nate Ongley 05, 4 Mike Seelaus 05, 3 Jared Gelband 07, 2 Matt Carey 07, 1 Mike Guichon 07 rowed a time of 5:56.9.
Due to recent weather conditions in the region, the race was moved from the Raritan River in New Brunswick, N.J. to Lake Carnegie.
Penn is back in action on April 9 as it challenges Cornell and Harvard for the Matthews-Leonard Cup on the Schuylkill River.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant