Lightweights Prep for Matthews-Leonard Cup Races

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PHILADELPHIA - It was a successful spring season-opening sweep for the University of Pennsylvania lightweights last week. Now the Quakers will try to carry that momentum into the first cup race of the year. No. 10 Penn takes on No. 5 Cornell for the Matthews-Leonard Cups on Saturday. No. 3 Harvard will also join as a guest to the cup races on the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

This will be the 69th Matthews-Leonard Cup races between Cornell and Penn. Harvard has joined as a guest in recent years. Cornell has won 41 times to Penn's 27 victories. The first lightweight race of the day is the third varsity at 8:46 a.m. The freshmen begin at 9:17 a.m., while the varsity cup race is set to start at 9:49 a.m. A complete schedule is below.

Last season, the Quakers hosted the Matthews-Leonard Cup races on the Schuylkill River, but Cornell proved victorious for the second straight year.Eventually, Harvard edged out the Big Red by two seconds with a winning time of 5:52.0 and Penn was third at 6:05.4. However, the Penn freshmen topped both Cornell and Harvard. The Red and Blue rookies won by a length while the Crimson and Big Red battled for second place. The Penn boat finished in 5:50.6 and after a photo finish, Cornell edged Harvard, 5:52.9 to 5:53.2.

Last week, the Quakers opened the 2014 spring season with a two-race sweep of Mercyhurst on the Schuylkill River. The varsity won the first race by open water with a time of 5:48.4 -- 10 seconds better than the Lakers. The freshman posted a similar victory with a finish of 5:57.8 and an open water margin over the visitors.

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

Tentative Schedule
8:46am - 3V
9:17am - 1F
9:49am - 1V
10:20am - 2V
10:45am - 2F
11:10am - 4+

Tentative Boatings

Bow Brian Kraus
2 Adam Millar
3 Alex Cosio
4 Mark Dignam
5 TJ Smith
6 Parker Lange
7 Julian Mazaira
Str Sam Shaw
Cox Alex Weinrich

Mike Donahue
Julian Moon
Jon Reis
Str Jon Earle
Cox Holly Kellner

1st Freshman
Bow Matthew Lieber
2 Zack Howell
3 Casey Howshall
4 Jeff Wang
5 Jake Ford
6 Sam Ward
7 Landis Walsh
Str Connor Brady
Cox Genny Liebes

2nd Freshman
Bow Kris Mack
2 Kurt Koehler
3 Mike Palamountain
4 Chad Nachiappan
5 Andrew Zhu
6 Jaleel Uqdah
7 Jasper Liu
Str Hani Naga
Cox Allison Jacoby