Senior Day on the Schuylkill Saturday for Heavyweights

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PHILADELPHIA - Just three weeks into the season, its the final home regatta of the year for the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team. The Quakers go up against Columbia and Yale for the rights to the Blackwell Cup Saturday on the Schuylkill River in the final home race for Penn's seven seniors.

Seniors Matthew Dunn, Derek Gollnitz, Albert Kao, Patrick Kneeland, Kalhan Koul, Tim Simon and Bayard Wilson will all be competing for the last time on the Schuylkill River. The first varsity is the first race of the day for the heavyweights at 9:10 a.m. A complete schedule and a list of Penn's tentative boatings can be found below.

A spectator bus will leave from 38th and Spruce St at 8:30 a.m. For those who cannot attend Saturday, fans can listen to live play-by-play of the races by clicking the link above or by calling (605) 715-4900. The pass code is 575719. Both methods are free!

The Blackwell Cup is presented in memory of George Engs Blackwell, an 1880 Columbia graduate. Since its inception in 1927, Penn has won the cup 32 times, which is five wins behind Yale for the most all-time. The Quakers last owned the Blackwell Cup in 2002 after winning the race for the fourth straight year. Since that time, Yale has won on five occassions and Columbia has taken ownership the last two years. In 2009, Columbia edged Yale by two seconds, with the Quakers finishing about 10 seconds off the pace of the Bulldogs.

Last week, in a matchup with No. 7 Princeton and No. 13 Columbia at the Lions' Orchard Beach Lagoon, Princeton reclaimed the Childs Cup. Penn got behind early and was unable to catch up to its Ivy counterparts. Princeton edged out the Lions to win the cup for the 16th time in the last 17 races. The Tigers finished in 6:06.0, just ahead of Columbia at 6:08.3, while Penn fell off the pace, but finished in 6:14.6.

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

Race Schedule
9:00 2F Lwt (4+)
9:10 1V Hwt
9:20 3V Lwt
9:30 2V Hwt
9:40 1F Lwt
9:50 1F Hwt
10:00 2V Lwt
10:10 3V Hwt
10:30 1V Lwt
10:40 2F Hwt (4+)

Tentative Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Matt Mildenberg
Stroke: Derek Gollnitz
7: Piero Russo
6: Grant Wilson
5: Matt VanVoorhis
4: Brian Young
3: Pat Kneeland
2: Matt Dunn
Bow: Bayard Wilson

2nd Varsity Eight
Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Ricky Sanz
7: Nick Barnes
6: Kevin Kennedy
5: Andrew Wolfram
4: Dan Morson
3: Tim Simon
2: Gordon Thompson
Bow: Chris Martin

3rd Varsity Eight

Cox: Halley Sloane
Stroke: Loren Mead
7: Russ Windsor
6: Mike Rizzo
5: Dan Morson
4: Jordan Martin
3: Grady Williams
2: Kalhan Koul
Bow: Albert Kao

Freshman Eight

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

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