Women's Rowing Finished at EAWRC Sprints

EAWRC Sprints Final Results (Powerhouse Timing)

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - The Penn women's rowing team's varsity eight finished fifth at Sunday's EAWRC Sprints, just the second time since 1991 the Quakers have advanced to the grand final in that event at Sprints. That was the highlight of the day for the Quakers on the Cooper River.

The varsity eight finished second in its morning heat, behind only Yale, and then in the afternoon's grand final Penn finished fifth. It is the second time in three years the Quakers have finished fifth in the varsity eight event at Sprints; prior to 2008, Penn had not finished fifth or betterat Sprints since 1982.

Yale won the title in 6:20.155, just ahead of Princeton's 6:20.932. Brown was third in 6:31.807, while Dartmouth wasfourth in 6:33.488. Penn's 6:42.488 was ahead of Cornell's 6:43.950, and allowed the Quakers to avenge a loss to the Big Red earlier this season for the Raritan Cup.

Both the second varsity eight and the varsity four were unable to advance to the grand final, then finished fourth in their respectivepetite finals. The second varsity eight placed fourth in its heat Sunday morning, then clocked 6:58.442 in the petite final to take 10th place overall. The varsity four just missed making the grand final, finishing third in its heat behind Yale and BU -- the Terriers' 7:46.794 was just ahead of the Quakers' 7:49.068. In the petite final, Penn clocked 7:44.199 to finish 10th overall.

The third varsity eight took seventh overall on the day, winning the petite final Sunday afternoon in 7:08.139 which was ahead of Harvard (7:12.310) and third-place Columbia. It was a just result for the boat, which had easily the best time among the non-qualifying boats during the morning heats.

Penn's varsity 4 B was sixth after morning qualifying and advanced to the grand final,then moved up to place fifthin the grand finalrace in 7:54.688. The varsity 4 C, meanwhile,took second out of three boats in its race early in the afternoon, finishingbehind Brown but ahead of Boston College.