Lightweights Host First Spring Cup Race Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA - Its just the first cup race of the season, and it may also serve as the most challenging of the year for the University of Pennsylvania lightweights, who welcome two of the top three teams in the nation. The Quakers host the Matthews-Leonard Cup races on the Schuylkill River Saturday against top-ranked Cornell with No. 3 Harvard joining as a guest.

This will be the 70th Matthews-Leonard Cup races between Cornell and Penn which began in 1938. Harvard has joined as a guest in recent years. Cornell has won 42 times to Penn's 27 victories. The lightweights will be competing along with the heavyweights during the morning races. The first lightweight race of the day is the fours at 9:10 a.m., while the varsity cup race is set to conclude the regatta at 10:30 a.m. A complete schedule is below.

The Quakers vaulted up three spots in the national rankings to No. 8 in the country with a victory over No. 12 Mercyhurst last week.The Penn varsity boat pulled ahead and held a comfortable lead near the finish, where they stopped the clock at 5:49.3, while the Lakers clocked out at 5:57.9.

Last year, Cornell topped the Quakers on the Cayuga Lake Inletand held on to the Matthews-Leonard Cups for the third straight year. Water conditions were mostly favorable, but windy throughout the morning as the Big Red crossed the finish line in 5:53.2. Harvard joined the cup race as guest and finished in 5:54.2, while Penn stopped the clock at 6:08.7.

A full recap of Saturday's regattacan be found at shortlyfollowing its conclusion.

Tentative Schedule
9:10am - 2F 4+ (two Harvard crews and one Penn crew)
9:20am - HWT
9:30am - 3rd Varsity
9:40am - HWT
9:50am - 1st Freshman
10:00am - HWT
10:10am - 2nd Varsity
10:20am - HWT
10:30am - 1st Varsity

Tentative Boatings

Coxswain: Alex Weinrich
Stroke: Jasper Liu
7: Julian Mazaira
6: Jake Ford
5: Sam Ward
4: Matt Lieber
3: Jeff Wang
2: Parker Lange
Bow: Landis Walsh

2nd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Genny Liebes
Stroke: Zach Howell
7: Matt Weaver
6: Brian Kraus
5: Mark Dignam
4: Casey Howshall
3: Andrew Zhu
2: Dan Schwarz
Bow: Adam Millar

3rd Varsity 8+
Coxswain: Allison Jacoby
Stroke: Alex Cosio
7: Alex Moses
6: Connor Brady
5: Dylan Mann
4: Joey Harrison
3: Jason Richter
2: Mike Donahue
Bow: John Earle

1st Freshmen 8+
Coxswain: Miguel Zaldivar
Stroke: Leo Pratt
7: James Konopka
6: Jackson Connor
5: Joe Ebner
4: Jack Smallwood
3: Anthony Faustini
2: Mark Roberts
Bow: Ethan Genyk

2F 4+
Coxswain: Natalie Burke
Stroke: Steven Jacobson
3: Edie Okon
2: Sam Collins
Bow: Ben Barton

Spare: Kris Mack