No. 8 Lightweights Prep for EARC Sprints on Sunday

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PHILADELPHIA - Ranked No. 8 in the nation heading into the EARC Sprints on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team looks to duplicate the success they found at this regatta a year ago.

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Penn's first varsity heat is scheduled for 11:48 a.m., with the Quakers going up against a foursome of top-10 opponents. The Red and Blue will match up with top-ranked Harvard, No. 4 Yale, No. 5 Navy and No. 9 Columbia. Penn's first race is the first freshman at 9:24 a.m., and the second varsity starts an hour later. A complete list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.

Last year at Sprints, for the first time since 2005 season, Penn reached the Varsity Grand Final and finished sixth overall - its highest finish since that same season. The effort also qualified the Quakers for the IRA Regatta for the first time in three years. In a close race, the Quakers varsity boat finished third in its heat to qualify for the Grand Final. Just three seconds seperated first place from fourth place as Penn topped Georgetown by less than a half second to secure its spot among the coveted top three finishers in the heat. Penn finished in 5:47.993 to automatically qualify for the Grand Final over Georgetown and its finish of 5:48.364. Then, in the final, the varsity placed sixth. The Red and Blue were consistent, completing the course in 5:48.334.

In the final regular season regatta of the 2011 campaign last week, the Quakers posted a victory in the freshman race at the Callow Cup, but Navy won the cup race on the Severn River. Penn then returned to the Schuylkill River and took three of four from M.I.T.

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Penn's Tentative Boatings


Bow Mark Gannon
2 Will Cooper
3 Paul Shay
4 Hurst Nuckols
5 Andrew McGrath
6 Adam Neinstein
7 Oliver Hurd
Stroke Mike Fisher
Cox Jason Bernstein

2nd Varsity

Bow Ray Andruszko
2 Alec McGinley
3 James Shovlin
4 Sean Travers
5 Nico Mihalich
6 Alan Chan
7 Paul Rivenburgh
Stroke Brad Adams
Cox Dominic Nucci

3rd Varsity

Bow Sam Franklin
2 Mike Kozlow
3 Matt Cabrera
4 Jon Rosenbaum
5 George Callis
6 Ben McGuire
7 Jamie Napoli
Stroke Vinny Valant
Cox Molly Mitchell

1st Freshman

Bow Scott Myslinski
2 Sam Shepherd
3 Eric Sezgen
4 Jack Howerton
5 Charles Shoener
6 Sam Shaw
7 TJ Smith
Stroke Zack Seigel
Cox Amy Beauchamp