PHILADELPHIA - For the second time in three years, the University of Pennsylvania lightweights lifted the Callow Cup. The Quakers returned the cup back to Philadelphia with a win over Navy in Saturday's varsity race on the Severn River.
Penn, which also claimed the 1918 Point Trophy with a pair of victories, has now posted back-to-back wins over Navy on the Severn River (2013 and 2015) and reclaimed the cup from the Midshipmen for the second time in three years. Prior to this stretch, Penn'slast win over the Midshipmen was in 2000 on Lake Carnegie.
“We knew that Navy and Delaware were going to give us some good racing, and things certainly didn’t disappoint," head coach Colin Farrell said after the win. "Both of those squads are fast from top to bottom. Our team has been working hard this season to learn from each week’s race and apply those lessons the next weekend. We felt that today’s racing was a great step forward for the entire team, and we’re excited to get back to work on Monday in preparation for the Eastern Sprints.”
It was a narrow win for the varsity over Navy. The Quakers nudged ahead of the Midshipmen at the finish line and stopped the clock at 6:09.40. Navy's official time was 6:09.91, while Delaware, who joined as a guest, was just a few seats behind at 6:11.29.
The freshmen added Penn's second victory of the day as they pulled away for an open water win over Navy and Delaware. The Quakers hit the finish line in 6:32.30 which outpaced the Blue Hens, who finished in 6:38.60. Navy was a distant third at 6:46.37.
The Quakers also nearly pulled out the win in the second varsity race. The host Midshipmen won by a length with a time of 6:18.50. Penn was second at 6:22.33, while the Blue Hens finished in 6:24.85.
Penn now prepares for the Eastern Sprints which are set for May 17 in Worcester, Mass.