NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. In their first race of the spring season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team won the Lev-Brett Bowl Sunday versus Rutgers. The victory marks the Quakers third-straight win over Rutgers in this race.
“I was happy to see how all the boats attacked the race early, especially the second varsity,” said Head Coach Mike Irwin. “We have been working hard on the level of competition we can bring to every practice in order to be prepared for race day. This morning we started to learn how that work can pay off.”
The varsity eight edged the Scarlet Knights by six seconds, finishing in a time of 6:05.3 Rutgers clocked in at 6:11.0.
Rutgers second varsity eight defeated the Quakers coming in at 6:19.8. Penn crossed the finish line at 6:23.1.
Penn’s freshman eight also picked up a win. They came in at 6:20.5 11seconds ahead of Rutgers (6:31.1). The Quakers other crew racing in the freshman eight finished third, coming in at 6:47.6.
“Cornell and Harvard are two very deep and mentally tough squads to compete against,” Irwin said. “The Big Red are defending national champions and will be looking to begin their own season on a very high note. I am eager to see how we prepare for the challenge during practice this week. We have to make sure we continue to improve with every stroke.”
The Quakers are in action again on Saturday when they host Cornell and Harvard in the Matthew-Leonard Cup at 9 a.m.