CLEMSON, S.C. - The University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team completed the first day of rowing at the Clemson Invitational. The Quakers have four boats competing, two eights and two fours.
In the morning, Penn and Cornell were paired in each race so that the Class of '89 Plaque could be decided, after those races were scuttled two weeks ago in Ithaca.
In the Varsity 8, Cornell took first place out of seven boats in 6:39.9, while Penn was seventh in the race in 7:00.5. The Quakers and the Big Red then were declared to finish in a dead heat in the Second Varsity 8, tying for fourth in the seven-boat race in a time of 6:56.0.
In the six-boat Varsity 4 A race, Cornell took second to Louisville in 7:51.9 while Penn was third in 7:56.7 ahead of Oklahoma, Michigan State and Duke. In the six-boat Varsity 4 B race, Penn's time of 7:48.9 was good for third and well ahead of sixth-place Cornell (7:58.3). The Quakers also beat Oklahoma and Clemson in a race that was won overall by Virginia.
In the afternoon, Penn's best finish came in teh Varsity 4 B race where the Quakers took second place among six boats in 7:34.0, behind only Ohio State (7:28.6). The boats that Penn beat in the race came from Oklahoma, Clemson, Indiana, and Duke.
The Varsity 4 A boat took fifth out of six boats in its afternoon race, clocking 7:48.5 and beating Tennessee. Ohio State won the race in 7:23.6.
In the Second Varsity 8, Penn was fifth out of seven boats, clocking 6:47.8 and beating Tennessee and Bucknell. Ohio State won the race, in 6:32.5.
The Varsity 8 took seventh in its afternoon race, clocking 6:58.7. Ohio State won the race in 6:21.8.
Penn will conclude its racing at the Clemson Invitational Sunday morning.