PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women’s rowing program conducted its second annual Class Day Races Saturday on the Schuylkill River. On a cold, bitter morning with gusting tailwinds, each class raced 1,500 meters in eights including two freshman eights.
The senior class, which won the inaugural competition last year as juniors, was looking to repeat; however, on the morning of the race the stroke seat came down ill with the flu which knocked the class out of the event.
“Class Day is a great way to get the kids motivated to pull hard early in the season for bragging rights in the boathouse,” said third-year head coach Mike Lane, whose staff oversaw the event. “It was a spirited competition, and always provides a great way to lead into our spring break training camp.”
The current junior class led the way through the halfway mark; however, the sophomore class remained steady and calm, and this patience paid off as they rowed through the juniors during the last 500 meters to take the win.
Penn is preparing for its spring break training trip which begins this Saturday; the Quakers will train in Gainesville, Ga.
Class Day Results (1,500m)
Sophomores - 5:10.7
Juniors - 5:14.9
1st Freshman - 5:22.1
2nd Freshman - 6:26.8
Seniors - DNS