PHILADELPHIA - In a head-to-head matchup with two of the top three crews in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania lightweights finished third to No. 1 Cornell and No. 3 Harvard on Saturday on the Schuylkill River.
On a very windy morning in Philadelphia, the Big Red retained the Matthews-Leonard Cups with a win in the varsity race and more team wins than the eighth-ranked Quakers. Cornell's varsity finished the Schuylkill course in 5:59.8. The Crimson, who joined as a guest in the cup races, were a length ahead of the Quakers with a finish of 6:05.9. Penn stopped the clock at 6:08.4.
Penn was second in the second varsity race with a substantial open-water margin over the Crimson. The Red and Blue finished in 6:12.9 which was behind Cornell's time of 6:05.3, but well in front of Harvard's finish of 6:24.6.
Penn was third in the third varsity race as Cornell crossed the finish line first in 6:23.1. Harvard was second at 6:36.1 and Penn stopped the clock at 6:39.8. Harvard took the top two spots in the second freshman fours race with a winning time of 7:06.1, and also claimed the victory in the freshman race with a finish of 6:01.4 to Cornell's 6:07.2, and Penn's 6:15.2.
Next week, the Quakers hit the road for the first time this spring with a trip to New York City. Penn will take on Yale and Columbia for the rights to the Dodge Cup on Saturday.