Lightweights Host Yale, Columbia for Dodge Cup

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PHILADELPHIA - A photo finish separated the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team from claiming the Matthews-Leonard Cup for the first time in 20 years. Now seven days later, the Quakers will hit the water with a similar opportunity at stake. Penn will look to claim the Dodge Cup for the first time since 1992 when it hosts Columbia and Yale on the Schuylkill River Saturday.

The regatta beings at 9 a.m. with the second freshman fours. The third varsity starts at 9:20 a.m., followed by the novice race at 9:40 a.m. The first varsity is the final race of the morning, set for 10:30 a.m. A complete schedule and a list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.

A spectator bus will leave from 38th and Spruce St at 8:30 a.m. For those who cannot attend Saturday, fans can listen to live play-by-play of the races by clicking the link above or by calling (605) 715-4900. The pass code is 575719. Both methods are free!

It has been 18 years since the Dodge Cup resided in Philadelphia. Yale has won the cup in 16 of the last 17 races. The Dodge Cup was named after the late Marcellus Hartley Dodge, a member of the Columbia Class of 1903 and a former coxswain for the Lions. Since the first Dodge Cup race in 1954, Penn has won the cup 15 times. Last season, Yale won its sixth straight Dodge Cup and the Quakers finished as the runner-up. Yale was the only boat to break six-minutes at 5:57.3, but Penn wasn't far behind at 6:02.1.

Last week, in a photo finish for the Matthews-Leonard Cup, Cornell edged out the Quakers. Facing headwinds throughout the morning, it was Harvard that got out to a comfortable lead in the varsity race. But it was a fight to the finish line between Cornell and Penn. Cornell actually held a sizable lead with open water seperating the two boats with just 400 meters to go. However, the Quakers made a valiant push and as the finish line grew near, the boats were side-by-side. When they crossed the finish, it was still unclear who would be taking home the cup. However, when the officials reviewed the tape, they ruled Cornell as the winner with a time of 6:25.6. Penn's official time was 6:26.1.

A complete recap and results of the regatta will be available shortly after its conclusion on PennAthletics.com.

Race Schedule
9:00 2F Lwt (4+)
9:10 1V Hwt
9:20 3V Lwt
9:30 2V Hwt
9:40 1F Lwt
9:50 1F Hwt
10:00 2V Lwt
10:10 3V Hwt
10:30 1V Lwt
10:40 2F Hwt (4+)

Tentative Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Jason Bernstein
Stroke: Mike Fisher
7: Adam Funk
6: Hurst Nuckols
5: PNate Keane
4: Peter Ciullo
3: Paul Shay
2: Andrew Voss
Bow: Oliver Hurd

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Dominic Nucci
Stroke: Adam Neinstein
7: Marshall McNabb
6: Paul Rivenburgh
5: Brad Adams
4: Matt Crump
3: Andrew McGrath
2: Dave Mannion
Bow: Will Cooper

3rd Varsity
Cox: Lin He
Stroke: Boyan Makarenko
7: Jamie Napoli
6: Ryan Taras
5: Vinny Valant
4: Kevin Chang
3: Ben McGuire
2: Alec McKinley
Bow: Matt Cabrera

Freshman Eight

Cox: Josh Ramos
Stroke: Nico Mihalich
7: Mark Gannon
6: Ray Andruszko
5: Andrew Bauder
4: James Shovlin
3: Alan Chan
2: Mike Kozlow
Bow: Sean Travers