PHILADELPHIA - It was a successful first outing for the University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team at Saturday's Navy Day Regatta. The Quakers had the fastest boat in four of the six divisions in which it competed.
Penn took second, fourth and 10th in the Open/Collegiate 8+. Penn's A boat clocked 14:08.50 over the three-mile course, finishing behind only Navy (14:03.30), while the Quakers' B boat timed 14:35.15 which was behind third-place Drexel. Penn's C boat was 10th in the field of 16 boats in 15:14.79.
In the women's collegiate 4+, Penn went first, second and fourth out of 23 boats in the field. Penn's A boat clocked 15:59.86, while the B boat was second in 16:21.44 and the C boat was fourth (behind Penn State's A boat) in 16:42.73.
In the frosh/novice 8+ category, Penn's time of 15:22.76 was nearly 32 seconds ahead of the second-place boat in the 11-boat field from Saint Joseph's. In the frosh/novice 4+, Penn's B boat won the seven-boat division in 17:10.52 while the A boat was second in 17:42.57. No other boat in that division beat 18 minutes, with Penn State coming in third.
The second varsity 8+ ended up sixth out of 12 boats in its division after being one of three boats to pass through the wrong arch. Penn's time was 15:53.67.
In the women's open 2-, Penn took first and second ahead of the only other boat in the field, from Saint Joseph's.
Penn returns to action next Sunday at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.