PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s lightweight rowing team returns to action this Friday, April 8th to participate in the Matthews-Leonard Cups in Ithaca, N.Y. against Cornell and Harvard. Races are slated to begin at 5 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.
The team is looking to build upon their successes from March 26th where they bested MIT and Delaware in Boston, Mass. Friday’s regatta will mark the first of four straight weekends of competition for the Quakers as they ready for the Eastern Sprints and IRA at the end of the season.
“Cornell is two-time national defending champs and it’s their home course so they’re going to give us a pretty good test,” said Head Coach Colin Farrell. “Harvard was third last year at the IRA and we expect a good race out of these two teams. Historically, this is our first big race and both of these teams are really good. It’s a chance for us to see where we are at this point. The regular season is about improving and using the racing to get better and better by the sprints. This is a step in that process.”
The Matthews Cup is awarded to the winner of the varsity race in the dual regatta between Cornell and Penn and was first placed in competition in 1938. Since 1988, Harvard has been a regular participant in the race but is not eligible to win the Matthews Cup. Through 2015, Penn has taken home the cup 27 times while Cornell has been on the winning end on 43 occasions.
The Leonard Cup is a points cup given to the winner of the majority of the 8+ races.
“We see these races as practice, but practice under pressure,” continued Farrell. “We really want to go well. We want to get a win. But we’ve got to go through the whole race procedure and we’re trying to figure out if the process that we’re going through getting us to where we want. It’s a chance to see where the other teams are in that process as well.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Friday, April 9th
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