CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the varsity 8 race, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing teamfinished behind Ivy rival Dartmouth, but posted a second-place finish, beating M.I.T. on its home course on the Charles River Basin Saturday morning. Penn's second varsity boat was victorious over the Big Green.
It was a close race between the varsity 8 teams of Penn and Dartmouth. With M.I.T. out of contention as the teams neared the finish line, the Big Greenglided across first. Dartmouth's winning time of 6:22.4 was just two seconds better than Penn's time of 6:24.5.The host Engineers finished in 6:30.4
In the next race,the novice 8, Dartmouth and Penn were once againside-by-side. However, it was M.I.T. that pulled away for the win. The Engineers' freshman finished in 6:38.2, and Dartmouth edged Penn for the second straight race to start the day. The Big Green were second at 6:42.7, while Penn was clipped by two-hundreths of a second at 6:42.9.
Penn posted its first victory of the day in the second varsity race. The Quakers' junior varsitywon for the secondweek in a row as theyled throughout.Dartmouth made a run to close in on the Red and Blue, but the Quakers held off their Ivy counterparts to post a winning time of 6:29.5. Dartmouth's late pushmade it close as they finished at 6:31.1.
Finally, in the last race of the day, Pennhad two boats in the third varsity 4+ race. They each topped M.I.T. as the Quakers 'A' boat coasted to a winwith a finish of 7:29.9. The 'B' team beat M.I.T.by the slimmest of margins with a time of 7:40.3 tothe Engineers' 7:40.4
Next week, Penn will battle for the Matthews-Leonard Cup in Ithaca, N.Y.