PHILADELPHIA - It is time for postseason rowing as the fifth-seeded University of Pennsylvania lightweights head to EARC Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday to vie for a spot at the IRA National Championship Regatta in two weeks.
Penn's third varsity will be the first to hit the water on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., while the varsity matches up with No. 1 Yale, No. 2 Cornell, No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 9 Georgetown at 9:48 a.m. The second varsity heat is set for 11 a.m., and fourth varsity heads straight to the Grand Final at 1:24 p.m. Schedule with timing for each final is here.
Last year at EARC Sprints,the lightweights earned their place in the IRA National Championship regatta with a win in the petite final in the varsity boat. The Red and Blue topped Navy, Dartmouth, and Georgetown with a two second win over the Midshipmen, a length in front of the Big Green, and open water ahead of the Hoyas. It marked the second time in three years the Quakers earned a berth into the national championship.
The lightweights will also be competing for the Jope and Wright Cups alongside an IRA regatta berth. The Jope Cup is awarded to the lightweight team that scores the highest total points in the varsity, second varsity and freshman eight races at Sprints while the Wright Trophy is awarded to the top varsity 8+ lightweight winner at Sprints.
Penn's last race was April 30 when the varsity claimed the Callow Cup from Navy for the second-straight year and earned back-to-back wins for the cup for the first time in 16 years.
A full recap of the EARC Sprint races can be found at PennAthletics.com following the conclusion of the day's events.
Download: Boatings - 5_16_16 EARC Sprints.pdf