BOSTON, Mass. - Two boats for the University of Pennsylvania men's heavyweight rowing team launched on Sunday at one of the world's most prestigious rowing events, the Head of the Charles regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. Penn placed 16th in the championship fours and 25th in the championship eights.
The weather was unforgiving on Sunday in the New England area as the participants faced cold and windy conditions throughout the day. In Penn's first race, Lawrence Tanzman was the coxswain in the championship fours as he led Kevin Kennedy, Loren Mead, Grant Wilson and Tim Simon. The quintet of Quakers finished 16th in the 19-team competition. The Red and Blue finished just under the 18-minute mark at 17:59.50, topping Georgetown, Minnesota and George Washington. Wisconsin won the race at 16:28.29.
Also against some of the nation's best compeition, Penn's championship eight crew placed 25th. The Quakers crossed the finish line in 15:37.80. They finished behind Ivy opponents, Brown, Harvard and Yale, but in front of Princeton and Columbia.
Next week, the Quakers return home to the Schuylkill River. The Red and Blue will be on their home course for the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday, Oct. 24.