Shay Voted Lightweights Captain; Adams to be Commodore

PHILADELPHIA - After he served as team commodore last season, the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team voted senior Paul Shay as its team captain for the 2010-11 campaign. The team also anointed senior Brad Adams as commodore. Both decisions were officially announced by head coach Nick Baker on Thursday.

"The team made two great selections," said Baker. "Paul is an extremely hard worker. As a transfer student who wasn't here as a freshman, it is a testament to his character that he was elected to the position. He showed right away how very dedicated he was to the sport and to his teammates.

"Brad is in a simliar position as Paul," Baker added. "He was with the heavyweights in his first year and wasn't with this group as a freshman, but he is a natural leader and our guys have recognized that. He is spending his summer at the Marine's Officer Candidate School (OCS), so he is only going to fine-tune those leadership capabilities. Between Paul and Brad, we should be in very good hands next year."

Shay was a member of the varsity boat throughout much of his junior season. Penn posted its best finish at EARC Sprints since 2005, ranked as high as seventh in the nation and posted wins over Delaware, Marietta, M.I.T., and Saint Joseph's. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native is also a pre-med major with a 4.0 GPA. Earlier this summer, he was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.

Adams spent most of the 2009-10 campaign in the second varsity boat. The St. Joseph's Prep product helped lead the boat to the Grand Final at EARC Sprints. The second varsity also climbed the nationally rankings, reaching as high as sixth in the country.

Shay, Adams and the rest of the Penn lightweight rowing team will hit the water for the first time on Oct. 16 with the Navy Day Regatta. The competition is one of four fall regattas for the Quakers and one of two hosted on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River.