Lightweights To Face Dartmouth and M.I.T. in Boston

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- Following a successful season-opening regatta on the Schuylkill River, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on M.I.T and Dartmouth on the Charles River Basin Saturday morning.

The varsity 8 race is set to begin at 9:12 a.m., while the novice 8 will start at 9:48 a.m. The second varsity race is at 10:12 a.m. and the third varsity and fours will start at 10:36 p.m. A list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.

In the first rankings poll of the year from U.S. Rowing, the Quakers cracked the top 10 and enter Saturday's regatta at No. 8 in the nation. Dartmouth is ranked No. 11 and M.I.T. enters as No. 12 in the country.

Penn is coming off a decisive win over No. 10 Delaware and Marietta in the varsity 8 race last Saturday. On a sunny, but chilly morning on Penn's home course, the Quakers gained an early lead and though Delaware stuck with the Red and Blue for much of the contest, Penn pulled away with a final push as the grandstand approached. The Quakers finished in a time of 5:46.5 to top Delaware's finish of 5:50.3 and Marietta's time of 6:04.9. Penn's other two varsity boats were also victorious in the spring debut for first-year head coach Nick Baker.

Last year against MIT, the Quakers defeated the Engineers in both the varsity 8 and the novice 8 races on the Schuylkill River in May. In the varsity race, the Quakers topped both M.I.T. and Saint Joseph's with a season-best time of 5:51.4. The freshman Penn defeated M.I.T. with a time of 6:00.3. They held off their counterparts who finished in 6:03.2.

A complete recap and results of the regatta will be available shortly after its conclusion on

Tentative Boatings

Varsity Eight
Cox: Jason Bernstein
Stroke: Mike Fisher
7: Nate Keane
6: Hurst Nuckols
5: Paul Shay
4: Peter Cuillo
3: Andrew McGrath
2: Oliver Hurd
Bow: Matt Crump

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Dominic Nucci
Stroke: Adam Neinstein
7: Marshall McNabb
6: Andrew Voss
5: Brad Adams
4: Paul Rivenburgh
3: Kevin Chang
2: Dave Mannion
Bow: Will Cooper

3rd Varsity 4A
Cox: Lin He
4: Boyan Makarenko
3: Vinny Valant
2: Ryan Taras
Bow: Ben McGuire

3rd Varsity 4B

Cox: Molly Mitchell
4: Jamie Napoli
3: Alec McGinley
2: Matt Cabrera
Bow: Sam Franklin

Freshman Eight

Cox: Josh Ramos
Stroke: Ray Andruszko
7: Mark Gannon
6: Nico Mihalich
5: Andrew Bauder
4: James Shovlin
3: Kevin Grant
2: Mike Kozlow
Bow: Sean Travers