Lightweight Crew Captures Lev-Brett Cup

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.

Race Results



Rutgers 5:47.0

Second Varsity

Rutgers 5:48.6





-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant