PHILADELPHIA - The 7th-ranked Penn lightweight rowing team earned back-to-back wins in the Callow Cup for the first time in 16 years with their victory over No. 5 Navy on Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River.
The Quakers crossed the finish line in the varsity 8 race in 5:42.9, just under five seconds ahead of the Midshipmen who clocked in at 5:47.1. Both teams had the advantage of a slight tail current and winds during the competition on a beautiful morning in Philadelphia.
Kicking off the regatta was the fourth and fifth varsity 8 race which began at 8:40 a.m. Navy’s 4V won the heat in 5:58.4 to put open water in front of their 5V team who finished in 6:10.2. Penn was third in 6:24.3.
In third varsity, Penn earned silver and finished in 6:00.4 while Navy won the race in 5:53.9.
In the third race of the morning, Penn’s third varsity 8 clocked in at 5:52.7 and finished just over two seconds behind Navy in 5:50.6.
Today’s regatta marked the regular season finale for the Quakers as they concluded four straight weekends of races against some of the top competition in the country. They’ll return to action on May 15th for the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass. for the start of postseason racing.