PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania lightweight crew successfully defended the Lev-Brett Bowl against Rutgers and Saint Joseph's Saturday morning, pulling away in the final part of the race to secure a victory.
Penn fell behind over the first half of the course but took the lead just after the halfway mark, winning by three seconds. At 500 meters, Rutgers caught an overhead crab while they were in a dead heat with Saint Joseph's for second place. Penn crossed the line first in 6:45.2, with Saint Joseph's three seconds back and Rutgers 11 seconds off the pace.
In the morning's first race, the second varsity 8 finished third behind Rutgers and Saint Joseph's. The Scarlet Knights pulled away from the start, ultimately finishing eight seconds up on the Hawks, with Penn behind in 7:05.9.
The morning's best race was saved for last, however, as the Penn and Rutgers freshmen 8's raced to a photo-finish. Penn caught up with Rutgers in the final 500 meters, anda video review was needed to determine that Rutgers prevailed by the slimmest of margins - just four inches and one-tenth of a secondseparated the two boats. Rutgers won in 7:22.8.
Crews faced a stiff headwind that got stronger over the course of the morning and a steady chop over first 1,500 metersofthe course.
The lightweight crews continue their season on the road next Saturday when they visit Cornell for the Matthews-Leonard Cup along with Harvard.
1. Penn 6:45.2
2. St. Joe's 6:48.3
3. Rutgers 6:56.2
1. Rutgers 6:46.9
2. St. Joe's 6:53.2
1. Rutgers 7:22.8
2. Penn 7:22.9
For boatings, please see the race preview.