LEONIA, N.J. - It was a tough task for the University of Pennsylvania lightweights on Saturday. The 10th-ranked Quakers finished third to No. 2 Columbia and No. 6 Yale in the race for the Dodge Cup, but did claim a win in the fours in Overpeck Park.
The Red and Blue hung tough with the host Lions and Bulldogs in the varsity race for the Dodge Cup. Eventually the speed of the second-ranked Lions proved too much as Columbia pulled the Dodge Cup away from Yale for the first time in more than a decade with a winning time of 6:09.6. The Quakers gained six seconds from last season on the Elis, who finished in 6:12.2, while the Quakers stopped the clock at 6:18.5.
Penn capped the day with a win in the fours. Both Penn boats were well in front of Columbia. The Quakers 'A' boat finished in 7:40.1 which was just ahead of Penn's second crew, who came across the finish line at 7:45.4. There was plenty of open water between those finishes and the Lions at 8:12.8.
In the remaining races, Penn was second by just a few seats to Yale in the third varsity. The Bulldogs earned their only win of the day with a time of 6:40.3, while Penn finished in 6:42.2. Columbia was third at 6:54.9. Shortly after, the hosts won the second varsity with a time of 6:35.3. Penn was third to Yale's time of 6:37.4 with a finish of 6:57.4.
Next week, the Quakers return to the Schuylkill River for the Wood-Hammond Cup races against Ivy rival Princeton. Penn also welcomes Georgetown as a guest to the regatta.