Rowing Teams All in Action at Home Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn rowing teams are all in action Saturday on the Schuylkill River, and in the spirit of sharing all three teams will work together. The heavyweights face George Washington in the McCausland Cup, the lightweights will race against Delaware and Marietta, and the women host Columbia and top-ranked Yale in the Connell Cup. All three races kick off the Quakers' spring season.

All of Saturday morning's races can be followed online or via telephone. To phone in and hear the race calls, dial 605-715-4900 and enter passcode 575719#, or click here to link via the web.

The race call will start at 9:50 a.m., with racing every 10 minutes.

For people on campus, a spectator bus will leave from 38th and Locust at approximately 9:30 a.m.

All three coaches are excited to get going this weekend.

"I haven't had a group that I was more proud of or thought more highly of heading into a season than this team," said first-year heavyweight coach Greg Myhr, who came to Penn from GW over the summer. "Our guys have been relentless, they have put in a lot of miles and training, but it remains to be seen if that will translate in competition. This is going to be a fierce contest -- George Washington is relatively new to the league, but they broke out last year and are faster this year."

"It is really exciting to finally kick off my career here is a head coach," said lightweights coach Nick Baker of his first spring regatta at the helm. "I'm excited to do it with such a great group of guys. They have all worked really hard this winter, and we are on pace to reach our goals this season. We will be competing against a lot of great athletes -- Delaware's program has shown some real speed over the years and Marietta is a brand new program that is building to become one of the premier teams at Sprints."

"Being the first race of the spring, this is a chance to work the rust off and go out to prove that all the hard work through the year has paid off," said women's head coach Mike Lane. "Yale is ranked No. 1 in the country, and Columbia is a very well-coached crew. Both are strong Ivy League contenders. Our goal is to go out and only worry about what we can control. If we do that, we believe we will be in a very strong position at the end of the day."

Penn heavyweight boatings

Penn lightweight boatings

Penn women boatings

Saturday's race schedule
9:40am - Lightweight 3rd Varsity
9:50am - Women 2nd Varsity 8+
10am - Lightweight Freshman 8+
10:10am - Women 4+ (B)
10:20am - Lightweight 2nd Varsity
10:30am - Women 4+ (A)
10:40am - Heavyweight 2nd Varsity
10:50am - Women Novice 8+
11am - Lightweight Varsity 8+
11:10am - Heavyweight Varsity 8+
11:20am - Women Varsity 8+
11:30am - Heavyweight Freshman 8+
11:50am - Heavyweight 4+