PHILADELPHIA - Just a few days after reaching the top of the national rankings, the No. 1 Penn freshmen remained unbeaten with an open water win on Saturday. The varsity finished second in the Wood-Hammond Cup race, while the fours also posted a win for the Penn lightweights on a sunny and windy day on the Schuylkill River.
Last week, the Penn freshmen knocked off the top-ranked Bulldogs and took their place atop the national rankings. This week, the Quakers impressed again with an open-water win over No. 5 Princeton and No. 7 Georgetown. The Red and Blue led from wire-to-wire and won with a time of 5:30.4. Princeton was a little more than a length of open water behind the Quakers and finished in 5:38.1. The Hoyas came across 10 seconds later. In consecutive weeks, the Penn freshman boat has topped Ivy rivals Cornell, Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
Saturday also marked the final home regatta for seniors Raymond Andruszko, Alan Chan, Joshua Dembowitz, Mark Gannon, Nicolas Mihalich, James Shovlin and Sean Travers.
Shovlin and Travers were part of the winning fours boat. It did not take long for the Quakers to pull out in front of the Hoyas. Penn won easily with a time of 6:36.5. Georgetown came across about 15 seconds later.
In the battle for the Wood-Hammond Cup, the Tigers maintained possession with a six-second win over the Quakers. A tight race at the start, Princeton found some seperation and won with a time of 5:32.4. Georgetown, a guest in the race, finished a distant third.
Penn was also the runner-up in the second varsity and third varsity races. Princeton won the secondvarsity race with a time of 5:40.2 - once again six seconds ahead of the Quakers. The Tigers were the top boat in the third varsity race when they crossed the finish in 5:54.0. Penn was second at 6:09.4.
Next Saturday, the Penn lightweights conclude their cup season with a trip to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy for the rights to the Callow Cup. After that, it is Eastern Sprints on May 19 in Worcester, Mass.