PRINCETON, N.J. - Against the top-ranked team in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team rowed well, but Princeton was too much to keep up with on its home course. The third varsity won for the Quakers, but the Tigers claimed the Wood-Hammond Trophy for the fifth straight year.
Lake Carnegie was calm throughout the day as the Quakers started out the day on a high note. The third varsity claimed a decisive victory over Princeton and Georgetown. The Quakers finished in 6:13.2, leaving open water between themselves and the two competing boats. Princeton came across three seconds later and Georgetown was more than 10 seconds behind the Quakers.
The No. 1-ranked Tigers asserted their dominance in the last three races. They led wire-to-wire in all three victories, starting with the novice 8. Princeton pulled away from both Penn and Georgetown to win with a time of 6:05.4. Georgetown pushed ahead of Penn to finish second in 6:13.2, while the Quakers were third at 6:17.5.
The second varsity also fell to Princeton, but topped the Hoyas. The Tigers' boat gained a substantial lead and won in 5:54.2. The Red and Blue pulled ahead of Georgetown and maintained its lead, placing as the runner-up with a time of 6:03.9. Georgetown finished in 6:07.7.
The final race of the day was for the Wood-Hammond Trophy. Princeton kept the hardware by gaining an early lead. Penn was in second until the final 500 meters when a big push by the Hoyas pulled them close to the Tigers, but Princeton won with a time of 5:44.5. Georgetown was two seconds behind and Penn finished in 5:53.8.
Next week, the Quakers will be back on their home course as they compete for the Callow Cup on the Schuylkill River Saturday.