PHILADELPHIA - In the first regatta under head coach Colin Farrell, the University of Pennsylvania lightweights posted a second-place finish in the varsity race, won the 4+ race, finished third in the freshman race and added another second-place showing at the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River Saturday.
In all, the Quakers had 12 boats at the season-opening event. In the varsity 8 race, the Quakers clocked out at 12:38.41 - which was one of just two boats to break the 13-minute mark and second only to Delaware. The Red and Blue had two other boats in the race which finished fifth and eighth, respectively.
Prior to that finish, the Quakers finished third in the freshman 8 race which featured heavyweight competition. The Red and Blue finished their home course in 13:21.14. Penn's other boat in the event came in 22nd with a time of 15:26.87.
Penn's victory came early on Saturday morning in the collegiate 4+ lightweight race. The Quakers boasted the top two boats and three of the top four with Penn's first crew crossing the finish in a time of 14:04.69. The Red and Blue also finished second (14:28.77) and fourth (14:58.30).
In the final event of the day for Penn, the Quakers posted another second-place finish. The lightweights finished in 14:38.48 and were just three seconds off Navy's winning time.
The Fall season continues next weekend for the Penn lightweights when they compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles on Oct. 19.