ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team found the conditions at the inaugural Nordic 9 races to be tough. So tough, in fact, that Friday's races at the Cayuga Inlet were not completed until Saturday morning, and then Saturday's races (with one exception) never got off the mark.
On Friday night, Penn competed against Syracuse and Northeastern as the Orange Challenge Cup was on the line. Unfortunately, by the time the Varsity 8 race was to start, darkness and debris in the water caused enough of a problem to cancel the race. The other four races went off as scheduled.
Penn’s best finish came in the Varsity 4A race, where the Quakers clocked 7:28.7 and finished second behind Syracuse (7:16.3) but well ahead of Northeastern (7:40.0).
Penn was third in the Second Varsity 8, in 6:34.0; the Varsity 4B, in 7:35.0; and the Third Varsity 8, in 7:04.7.
On Saturday morning, Penn and Northeastern raced the Varsity 8 race without Syracuse, and the Huskies' time of 6:12.7 bested the Quakers' 6:25.5.
The Class of '89 Plaque races were slated to also take place on Saturday morning; unfortunately, only the Second Varsity 8 took place before conditions in the Cayuga Inlet forced the cancellation of all other racing. In that 2V8 race, Cornell (6:45.8) defeated Penn (6:50.6) and URI (7:03.7).
Penn is off until the weekend of April 18-19, when the Quakers will make the trip to South Carolina to participate in the Clemson Invitational. Penn and Cornell now hope to run their Class of '89 Plaque races during that event.