PHILADELPHIA - Behind a stiff tailwind and strong current, the Penn lightwight rowing team turned in some fast times on the Schuylkill River Sunday morning, but could not overcome the EARC's top-ranked lightweight crew in Navy as the two raced in the Callow Cup.
In the varsity 8, Penn placed second in 5:30.8, just over two seconds off Navy's pace of 5:28.3. Guest crew Delaware came in third in 5:41.4.
The second varsity 8 was a four-boat affair, with Navy's two entries running away from the pack. The Midshipmen's 2V finished in 5:35.6, with the 3V finishing 2.5 seconds back. In a thrilling finish for third, Penn edged the Blue Hens by the slimmest of margins - one one-hundreth of a second. After a video review, it was determined that the Quakers' shell crossed the line just inches ahead of Delaware's, in 5:47.32.
In the novice 8, the Quakers finished third in5:56.9. Navy was the victor in 5:43.9. In Penn's only other race of the day, a coxed 4 exhibition with Delaware, the Blue Hens pulled away early to win with a 6:34.8. Penn finished in 6:56.2.
Following the race, Penn lightweight rowing dedicated its new eight shell, the Class of 1956, named in honor ofthat year'slightweight crew, which is celebrating its 50th reunion this year. A gallery of photos from the ceremony can be seen here.
The Quakers have now completed the cup race portion of the season and will gear up for EARC Sprints in Worcester, Mass. on May 21.
2nd Varsity 8:
Navy 2V 5:35.6
Navy 3V 5:38.1
2nd Frosh/Novice 8: