Lightweights Victorious in Baker's Coaching Debut


PHILADELPHIA - All three varsity boats were victorious in the first spring regatta for the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing teamunder the guidance of first-year head coach Nick Baker. Each boat won decisively with the novice 8 finishing three seconds off the pace Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River.

On a sunny, but chilly morning onPenn'shome course, the Quakersgained an early lead in the varsity 8 race. Though Delaware stuck with the Red and Blue for much of the contest, Penn pulled away with a finalpush as the grandstand approached. The Quakers finished in a time of 5:46.5 to top Delaware's time of 5:50.3 and Marietta's finish of 6:04.9.

In the first race of the day, the third varsity set the tone for the rest of the morning. They took an early lead andnever looked back, besting their counterparts from Delaware by nearly 25 seconds. The Red and Blue won with a time of 6:02.8, while the Blue Hens posted a finish of 6:26.4.

Penn then went on to win the second varsity race.In a much closer affair, Penn was still able topull away at the end. The Quakers stopped the clock at 5:54.4 withDelaware finishing a little more than fourseconds later.

In the novice 8 race, the Blue Hens edged the Quakers, beating Penn to the finish line with a time of 5:50.3. TheRed and Blue freshmen finished in 5:53.4.

Penn is back in action next weekend when they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Dartmouth and MIT on Saturday.