No. 17 Heavyweights Set for Sunday's EARC Sprints

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PHILADELPHIA - It's championship season for the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team as they prepare for the EARC Sprints in Worcester, Mass., Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.

The varsity race beings at 11:24 a.m. The Quakers are matched up against some familiar foes in No. 4 Harvard, No. 7 Princeton, No. 11 Cornell, No. 14 Navy and M.I.T. The Red and Blue have faced each of those crews at least once this year with the exception of the Big Red, who face Penn on May 28 for the Madeira Cup. The finals for the varsity begin at 4:31 p.m. The first race of the day is the third varsity at 8:40 a.m., followed by the novice race at 9:36 a.m. Penn is then in the second varsity race at 10:36 a.m. The finals for the third varsity are at 1:55 p.m., with the finals of the second varsity beginning at 3:49 p.m. The novice finals will start at 2:37 p.m. A complete list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.

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Last year at the Eastern Sprints, Penn was fifth in its heat, clocking a time just above six minutes (6:00.285) and were placed in the third final. The Red and Blue finished second in that race with a time of 6:03.065 and finished 14th overall.

The Quakers last hit the water three weeks ago in the Adams Cup and Burk Cup, both on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. Penn faced some tough competition, racing against No. 4 Harvard and No. 16 Navy in the Adams Cup, and then against No. 7 Northeastern in the Burk Cup. The No. 18-ranked Quakers struggled to keep up with the ranked foes, finishing third at the Adams Cup at 6:09.51. The following day, the Burk Cup stayed in Boston for the ninth-straight year with No. 7 Northeastern edging the Quakers. Northeastern came across the finish line at 6:28.4, while Quakers were just a few seats behind with their time of 6:30.3.

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

Tentative Penn Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Matt Dunn
7: Piero Russo
6: Grant Wilson
5: Matt VanVoorhis
4: Brian Young
3: Pat Kneeland
2: Ricky Sanz
Bow: Bayard Wilson

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Lawrence Tanzman
Stroke: Derek Gollnitz
7: Chris Martin
6: Kevin Kennedy
5: Loren Mead
4: Dan Morrison
3: Tim Simon
2: Russ Windsor
Bow: Andrew Wolfram

3rd Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Gordon Thompson
7: Nick Barnes
6: Luke Brzozowski
5: Nick Whitehead
4: Dan Morson
3: Mike Rizzo
2: Grady Williams
Bow: Kalhan Koul

Freshman Eight
Cox: Meredith Shea
Stroke: Kenny Nickens
7: Matt Jackson
6: Ivan Lys-Dobradin
5: Matt McPeak
4: Jack McCluskey
3: Nick Bristow
2: Jim Senese
Bow: Mitch Stein

Freshman Four:
Cox: Karis Tzeng
Stroke: Bryan Barker
3: Daren Frankel
2: Jake Werlin
Bow: Elliot Rambach