Lightweights Find Success in First Fall Regatta


PHILADELPHIA - In the first regatta of the fall season for the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team, the Quakers saw several top-10 finishes on the Schuylkill River Saturday morning at the Navy Day Regatta.

"There were some positives," said head coach Nick Baker. "I felt pretty good. Now we know where we are and we know where we want to go, and we have work to get there. But at least we know where our starting point is."

Penn had four boats competing in the college fours and two finished within the top 10. In the head races, Penn's 'B' boat, featuring five seniors, finished sixth in a time of 14:42.53. The 'A' boat, with five juniors, finished just two-tenths slower to place seventh. The other two boats for the Red and Blue finished in 13th and 23rd-place, respectively.

Later in the morning, the JV put together one of the best performances of the day for the Red and Blue. The Quakers finished fourth out of 15 competing teams with a time of 13:35.69.

"It was a good performance by our JV today," Baker said. "They are a very young crew with four sophomores and two juniors so we didn't know exactly what to expect, but I was happy with their performance. They beat some impressive opponents and are on pace to do what we need to do in order to be competitive in our league."

In the final race of the day for the Quakers, the open eights, the Red and Blue were sixth among collegiate boats and finished seventh overall at 13:07.87.

The lightweights are off next weekend, but return to the water in two weeks with the Head of the Charles on Oct. 24.