PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team will race on the Schuylkill River for the first time this spring on Saturday, when the Quakers host Princeton for the Wood-Hammond Cup. Georgetown also will race on Saturday.
“It’s exciting to finally race on our own course this spring,” said head coach Colin Farrell. “Princeton and Georgetown will both be bringing fast crews to Philadelphia, so the team is looking forward to the competition. After the racing on Saturday, we are dedicating a new straight four, the ‘Peter Mallory ’67.’ And the team is having a luncheon to celebrate 100 years of Penn Lightweight Crew. It will be a full but exciting day dedicated to Penn Rowing!”
The Wood-Hammond Cup
This annual competition between the varsity lightweight crews of Penn and Princeton began in 1941; however, the trophy was not presented for the first time until 1946. Georgetown has been a recent guest in the competition but does not contend for the cup. Penn has won the cup 11 times, most recently in 2005 on the Schuylkill River.
The Varsity 8 is again ranked sixth in this week’s USRowing national poll. They opened the season two weeks ago by finishing six seconds behind No. 1 Cornell and less than four behind No. 4 Harvard. Last weekend, the Quakers finished a mere two seconds behind No. 2 Yale and four ahead of No. 7 Columbia.
The Tigers are ranked third this week and come off a 1.9-second loss to Cornell last Saturday; prior to that, they were undefeated with wins over Dartmouth, Delaware, Columbia, Georgetown and Navy.
In their most recent race, the 10th-ranked Hoyas suffered a nine-second loss to No. 5 Navy last Saturday.
Schedule (subject to change pending weather conditions)
8:50 a.m. – Fourth Varsity 8
9:10 a.m. – Third Varsity 8
9:30 a.m. – Second Varsity 8
9:50 a.m. – Varsity 8 (Wood-Hammond Cup)
10:10 a.m. – Fifth Varsity (4)