PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in three weeks, the University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team will compete on the Schuylkill River. After debuting at the Navy Day Regatta two weeks ago, the Quakers will take part in the Head of the Schuylkill all day on Saturday.
Penn will have 10 boats in the field on Saturday: A Novice 4+; two Women’s Championship 4+; A Women’s Novice 8+; three Women’s Club 8+; and three in the Women’s Championship 8+.
“We are very fortunate to have a second home head race to test our progress with the Head of the Schuylkill,” said head coach Wesley Ng. “It’s a huge event encompassing masters, juniors, collegiate, and elite athletes, and everyone comes together for one of the last races of the fall. Penn hasn’t traditionally had the opportunity to race here, but I hope it will become a tradition for us going forward. Of additional interest there are international elite scullers that will be racing for the Gold Cup -- Carling Zeeman of Canada, Kim Crow of Australia, Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic, and Gevvie Stone of the US. These are world championship and Olympic medalists who will be on our body of water!
“The aim for us is to make improvements off of what we’ve learned about ourselves at the Navy Day Regatta and the Head of the Charles,” he continued. “We’re putting together two novice boats that I hope can make a mark, as well as entering the Club and Championship eight events. We will have to row a complete piece to make the strides we want heading toward winter training.”