Final EAWRC Sprints Results
CAMDEN, N.J. - Three Penn boats advanced to their grand finals Sunday at the EAWRC Sprints, which took place on the Cooper River.
The best overall finish by a Quaker boat came in the novice 4+, where Penn clocked 8:03.214 to finish behind champion Columbia (7:59.828) but just ahead of third-place Princeton (8:03.760). The Quakers had advanced to the grand final by winning their morning heat with 8:17.887, ahead of second-place Dartmouth (8:21.187).
In the varsity eight, Penn's goal was to make the grand final -- and that goal became reality after the Quakers placed second in their morning heat with a time of 6:37.227, behind third-ranked Yale (6:34.617) but ahead of a Northeastern boat that was receiving votes in the latest national coaches poll (6:40.066). In the grand final, Penn placed fifth with a time of 6:41.578. Second-ranked Brown took the varsity title, clocking 6:24.024 to finish just ahead of Yale (6:25.192).
How historic was Penn's finish in the varsity race? Well, it was the team's bestfinish since 1982; in fact,the Quakers advanced to the grand final for the first time since 1991.
In the third varsity 4+, Penn advanced to the grand final with a win in its morning heat, clocking 7:35.741 to finish ahead well of second-place Radcliffe (7:41.374). In the afternoon, the Quakers finished fourth in 7:28.943, just behind Yale (7:11.706), Brown (7:52.782) and Radcliffe (7:26.094) but well ahead of fifth-place Princeton (7:38.787).
In the novice eight, Penn won the petite final in 7:03.190, ahead of second-place Bucknell (7:10.723) and third-place Northeastern (7:13.018).
The second varsity eight gained a second-place finish in the petite final in 6:56.319, behind first-place Princeton (6:48.284) but ahead of third-place Bucknell (6:57.955).
Penn's third varsity four "B" boat placed second in the petite final, while the Quakers' "C" boat was sixth in the petite final.
As a team, Penn accumulated 43 points, good for sixth overall in the battle for the Willing Point Trophy. Brown took team honors, scoring 68 points to finish ahead of second-place Yale (61) and third-place Radcliffe (55). Dartmouth (50) and Princeton (47) also finished ahead of the Quakers.