Lightweights Start Off Strong at Navy Day

Philadelphia - The Penn lightweight rowers competed in their first collegiate event of the season when they converged with many other college and club teams on the Schuylkill River for the annual Navy Day Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 16.

In the men's college 4+, the Quakers' "B" boat (Cox Colin Groshong, Stroke Drew Zech,3 Dave Read, 2 Ben Cooley, Bow Chris Storm) finished second with a time of 15:07.8. The Penn "A" boat (Cox Sean Luhks, Stroke Greg Patcella, 3 Tim Mahoney, 2 Joe McQuaid, Bow Mike Seelaus) came in sixth with a time of 15:32.8. Despite a windy day, the Quakers were pleased with their performances in the first event of the Regatta, as both boats finished in the top six of the 20-boat contest.

Penn's second varsity eight boat, which consisted ofCox Sean Luhks, Stroke Drew Zech, 7 Dave Read, 6 Mike Seelaus, 5 Sean Cronin,4 Jason Brooks, 3 Joe McQuaid, 2 Matt Carey andBow Mike Guichon, finished third (14:12) in themen's lightweight 8+ race,where there were 11 total boats competing.

The lightweight freshmen also raced a boat in the men's club 4+ and the group of Cox Brandon Weber, Stroke Max Funk, 3 Josh Sowick, 2 Craig Wenger andBow Jon Tamblyn finished first in the event with a time of 15:27.6

In the final contest of theafternoon, the Quakers first varsity boat finished fifth in the men's college 8+ race with a time of 13:18.2. Competing for the Quakers in that boat wereCox Colin Groshong, Stroke Tim Mahoney, 7 Chris Storm, 6 Ben Cooley, 5 Greg Patcella,4 Drew Zech, 3 Joe McQuaid, 2 Jason Brooks and Bow Sean Cronin. Penn's first freshman boat (Cox Brandon Weber , Stroke Mik Gasiorowski, 7 Jon Tamblyn, 6 Craig Wenger, 5 Josh Sowick,4 Max Funk, 3 Matt Carey, 2 Mike Guichon andBow Ryan Cobb) also competed in this event and finished 12th with a time of 14:04.7.

The Quakers will next travel to Boston on Sunday, Oct. 24 to compete in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River.

Written by Carla Zighelboim