PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania’s men’s lightweight rowing team will open the 2009 fall campaign on Saturday, Oct. 3 when they travel north to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the Quadricentennial Regatta hosted by Marist College. The three-race slate is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with the lightweights race taking place shortly after the conclusion of the women's races.
The Quakers will have one boat at the regatta. The tentative lineup is listed below.
The Quadricentennial Regatta is a re-enactment of the Poughkeepsie Regatta which was held by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association on the Hudson River from 1895-1949. Three schools initially made up the Intercollegiate Rowing Association; Columbia University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The regatta soon became one of the most prestigious collegiate races in the nation with teams from all over the country participating.
On Saturday, the race will follow the initial four-mile course of the Poughkeepsie Regatta. Some of the schools who originally competed in the race will return to participate; Penn, Columbia, Cornell, Navy, and Syracuse. Marist, Vassar, and Army will also be competing.
Over the 54-year span of the regatta, the University of Pennsylvania won the Varsity 8 Cup three times, from 1898-1900.
The Quadricentennial Regatta is also a part of the 400th anniversary celebration of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River.
Be sure to check PennAthletics.com Saturday afternoon for a complete recap of Penn's performance at the regatta.