PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team took first place in the Women's Open/Collegiate 8+ and the JV 8+ on Saturday at the Navy Day Regatta, the first races under new head coach Wesley Ng.
In the Open/Collegiate 8+, Penn's A boat clocked 13:55.30 over the three-mile course which was more than five seconds ahead of second-place Navy (14:00.38). Penn's B boat was 10th overall, in 14:41.49, while the Quakers' C boat was 12th in 15:06.26. A total of 20 points competed in the division.
In the JV 8+ division, which featured 15 boats, Penn's A boat came in with a winning time of 14:06.67. That was well ahead of second-place Navy, which was nearly 20 seconds behind (14:26.44). Penn's B boat was 11th in the division in 15:40.70, while the Quakers' C boat was 12th in 15:45.12.
In the 25-boat Women's Collegiate 4+ division, Penn's boats placed fourth (16:03.05) and sixth (16:14.75).
"It was a gorgeous day for racing here in Philadelphia," said Ng afterward. "It was one of those days that makes it easy to be a spectator, and perhaps underestimate how much work goes into improving boat-moving skill on a daily basis.
"I was really pleased by the performance of our coxswains, who made a really great, positive impace on our races," he continued. "Much of our group raced twice today, and winning the varsity and JV races and being competitive in the college fours event was a step in the right direction. Our freshman eight ended up rowing in the JV category, and I believe they're starting to gel as a class. We should start to see improved speed from them soon."
Penn's next action will come next Sunday, as the Quakers will compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.