CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team completed its first day at the Clemson Invitational with some hardware, as the Quakers won the Class of '89 Plaque from Cornell for just the third time in history.
Penn earned the Plaque for the first time since 2007; the only other time the Quakers won it was 1994. The Class of '89 Plaque is determined by a points system across all boats between Penn and Cornell. The Red and Blue earned the Plaque with wins in both eights races on Saturday morning.
The Varsity 8 defeated Cornell by more than eight seconds. In the seven-boat race, Penn finished fourth overall in 6:56.5 while the Big Red was sixth in 7:04.8. Virginia was the race winner in 6:43.1, while Washington State was second and Indiana was third. Penn finished ahead of Clemson, Cornell and UCF.
Penn downed Cornell by nearly eight seconds in the Second Varsity 8 race, as well. The Quakers were fifth overall in 7:13.5, while the Big Red was sixth in 7:21.4. Virginia was race winner in 6:55.8, followed by Washington State, Indiana and Clemson.
Penn was sixth overall in the Varsity 4 race, finishing in 8:06.1 which was a little less than five seconds behind Cornell (8:01.4). Virginia was champion, followed by WSU, Clemson and Indiana. In the Varsity 4 B race, Penn was fifth in 8:10.8 which was a little more than five seconds behind fourth-place Cornell (8:05.3). Both were behind Virginia, Clemson and Indiana.
In the Saturday afternoon races, the Second Varsity 8 had Penn’s best finish as it was fifth out of seven boats including a win over Harvard. The Quakers’ time of 6:39.6 was nearly two seconds ahead of the Crimson (6:41.3).
The Varsity 8 was sixth of seven in its afternoon race, clocking 6:37.3, while the Second Varsity 4 also was sixth in a time of 7:58.3. The Varsity 4 was seventh in its afternoon race, clocking 7:40.8.
Penn will conclude the Clemson Invitational tomorrow morning.