Lightweights Place Behind Princeton for Wood-Hammond Trophy


PHILADELPHIA - Going head-to-head with Princeton on the Schuylkill River Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team was unable to claim the Wood-Hammond Trophy from their rivals.

In the second race of the day, the Tigers' Varsity 8 kept the trophy in Princeton for another year as they pulled away from the Red and Blue down the stretch. The Quakers' time of 6:05.8 was its second best effort of the season thus far, but Princeton was too much with a finish of 5:46.2.

After the First Varsity finish, the Tigers managed to take the morning's final two races. Of the five boats competing for the Quakers, the Second Varsity's time of 6:13.3 was only bested by one other boat. However, Princeton managed a sub six-minute finish in the same race to claim the victory.

In the Third Varsity 8 event, Penn also raced its Second Freshman boat in addition to its regular Third Varsity squad. The extra novice group finished eight seconds behind their teammates, crossing the finish line in 6:42.2. Princeton's winning time of 6:22.9 topped the Quakers' 6:34.1.

On a near perfect day in Philadelphia, the day's opening strokes were taken in the Novice 8 race. Penn's First Freshman boat had an impressive race, finishing in a time of 6:15.9, but Princeton overcame the Quakers with a time of 6:03.1.

Next Saturday, the Quakers will head to Annapolis, Md., where they will take on Navy for the rights to the Callow Cup. The team then returns home to race on the Schuylkill one last time this season on May 2.