Women's Rowing Closes Fall Season at Rivanna Romp

Final Results (row2k.com)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Penn women's rowing team finished the fall portion of its 2009-10 schedule at the University of Virginia's Rivanna Romp, which took place Sunday morning.

Rowing in beautiful weather, the Quakers' varsity eight had a strong showing, finishing second overall out of 14 boats. Penn clocked 13:46.66 and finished behind host Virginia by 31 seconds. It was a great improvement from just a few weeks ago at the Princeton Chase, when the Cavaliers bested the Quakers by 55 seconds. Penn's B boat was ninth overall, in 14:36.13.

"The Romp was a great way to wrap up our fall racing for 2009!" said head coach Mike Lane. "The weather was amazing and our athletes went out and did what we asked of them.

"We set standards for our fall season, and all of those standards were met," he continued. "This group of athletes has taken on the challenge and has risen to meet our goals which was shown with the outstanding finishes we had today, especially our A boat both beating Tennessee -- which is generally ranked in the top 20 -- and closing the gapon Virginia by almost 25 seconds from the Chase."

In the novice eights, Penn was third out of six boats in 15:18.29. Virginia's A boat won there, too, in 14:06.93.

Penn had four boats in the fours, and the A boat shone with a third-place finish out of 18 crews in 15:33.46. The Quakers' C boat was second among the Penn contingent and 12th overall, in 16:18.19, to finish just ahead of the B boat (16:18.81). Penn's D boat was 16th in 16:35.95. Virginia's A and B boats swept that division.

"Our results this fall have put us in a great position heading into winter training," said Lane. "The next three months is the most important time in our training if we hope to accomplish the goals we set back in September. If this fall is any indication, I am fired up for spring racing!"