PHILADELPHIA - In their final races on the Schuylkill River this year, the University of Pennsylvania lightweights finished second to M.I.T. and in the race for the Wood-Hammond Cup on Saturday.
On an excellent day for racing, the Quakers started the morning with an early win in the fourth varsity race. Penn's crew of true freshmen raced out in front and held a sizeable lead to the finish where they crossed in 6:05.9. Princeton's fourth and fifth varsity boats were 11 and 23 seconds behind, respectively.
In the Wood-Hammond Cup race, the Tigers held off the Quakers for the victory. Princeton retained the cup with a winning time of 5:44.8. Penn was about a length behind at 5:50.7, and well in front of Georgetown, who joined the regatta as a guest (6:02.3).
In the remaining races in the morning, Princeton's second varsity won with a time of 5:55.2 and the Quakers finished second at 6:04.9 to Georgetown's 6:18.9. The order was the same in the third varsity race as the Tigers stopped the clock at 5:58.7 and Penn came in as the runner-up at 6:25.9. The Hoyas did come away with a win in the fours at 7:12.7.
Between regattas, the Quakers held a ceremony for the Robert E. Tiffany W'55 Boat Dedication.
In the afternoon session against M.I.T., the Quakers fell to the Engineers in the varsity race. Penn was about a length behind M.I.T.'s winning time of 6:05.7 with a finish of 6:12.6.
Penn has one cup race remaining this season as the Quakers try to take back the Callow Cup from Navy on Saturday.
The "Robert E. Tiffany W'55" and crew at her christening this morning. Well rowed Penn! pic.twitter.com/W8dNUtXVot— Penn Lights (@Pennlwt) April 18, 2015