PHILADELPHIA - A late push wasn't enough for the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team to reclaim the Callow Cup as No. 3 Navy held on for the win in the first varsity race Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River.
On Senior Day for 11 Quakers, it was a beautiful day in Philadelphia. In the final race, Navy opened up a lead over the first varsity boats from Penn and Saint Joseph's. The Hawks fell off the pace and were unable to keep up, but the Quakers stayed within striking distance. Though Navy opened up an open-water lead, but Penn drew closer down the stretch and closed to within two seconds at the finish line. The Midshipmen won with a time of 5:52.5, Penn came across in 5:54.5 and Saint Joseph's finished in 6:12.39.
The second varsity race was the day's most thrilling. Navy held an early lead once again, but Penn's crew all but eliminated that advantage only to come up just a few feet short of pulling out the victory. Navy held on, officially winning by three-tenths of a second with its time of 5:59.3.
Navy also claimed the third varsity and novice 8 races. In the third varsity race, the Midshipmen won with a time of 6:04.9, while Penn came in 6:08.0. Navy's time of 5:59.2 also marked a decisive win for in the freshman race. Penn finished in 6:11.1 and Saint Joseph's was third at 6:26.41.
The Eastern Sprints are up next for the Quakers. The team will have a week off before heading to Worcester, Mass., for the competition on Sunday, May 16.