PHILADELPHIA - In the first racing weekend of the year, the University of Pennsylvania split between a pair of regattas. The Quakers competed at home on the Schuylkill River in the Navy Day Regatta and earned a win in the freshman fours race and were fifth in the varsity eight race. Meanwhile, two other crews competed and finished sixth and eighth, respectively at the Head of Housatonic in Connecticut.
With two boats competing in New England, the Quakers showed some depth with a fifth-place finish in the varsity eight race at the Navy Day Regatta. The Red and Blue stopped the clock at 13:05.15 which was behind a pair of boats from Navy and Delaware. The Penn B boat was seventh at 13:13.43.
In the frosh fours race, the Quakers won by four seconds over Navy with a time of 14:32.72. A second Penn boat finished seventh in the field of 13 with a time of 15;04.66.
The Quakers also had three boats in the fours race with third, fourth and fifth-place finishes. The top boat finished in 14:55.58, which was about 21 seconds behind the winning crew, NY Maritime.
At the Head of Housatonic, the Quakers had two boats competing in the lightweight 8+ race. The Red and Blue finished sixth and eighth with the A boat crossing the finish line in 13:47.8, and the second boat was not far behind at 13:55.2. Yale won the race on its home course with a time of 13:00.3.
Next up for the Quakers is the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 18.