PRINCETON, N.J. - Led by a best-ever fourth-place finish by the Varsity 8, the University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team finished fifth in the overall points standings at the Ivy League Championships. Due to high winds, all races took place Sunday morning on Lake Carnegie on the Princeton University campus.
Overall, Penn racked up 46 points at Sunday’s Championships, continuing a trend that has seen the Quakers improve their overall points total every year at this event. Dartmouth (28 points), Columbia (24) and Cornell (22) were behind Penn. Brown was the overall points champion, with 83, while Princeton was a close second (80).
In the NCAA boats -- Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, Varsity 4 -- Penn remained fifth with 38 points. Princeton was first (67), followed by Brown (64) and Yale (58). Harvard (41) was just ahead of the Quakers.
Penn’s Varsity 8 entered Sunday’s regatta seeded fifth, but improved upon it during heats. With four-boat heats and only the top two advancing to the final, the Quakers rowed strong and finished second behind only the No. 1 boat in the nation, Brown (6:25.938). Penn’s time of 6:30.380 was more than three seconds ahead of third-place Harvard (6:33.822) and well ahead of fourth-place Columbia (6:43.648).
In the final, Penn raced three top-10 boats and finished fourth. Princeton was the upset winner, clocking 6:28.039 on its home course to knock off Brown and Yale ahead of the Quakers.
Penn’s Second Varsity 8 was third in its head, behind Brown and Harvard, but picked up a win in the four-boat petite final to finish fifth overall. The Quakers clocked 7:00.905 in the final to beat Dartmouth by nearly three seconds, and were also ahead of Cornell and Columbia.
Penn’s Varsity 4 also finished third in its heat, then took second in the petite final to finish sixth overall. The Quakers clocked 7:46.133 in the final, finishing behind Dartmouth (7:40.426) but ahead of Cornell and Columbia.
In the Varsity 4B, Penn was third in its heat and then won its petite final to place fifth overall. The Quakers covered the 2,000-meter course in 7:45.842 in the final, knocking off Cornell (7:49.509) as well as Dartmouth and Princeton.
In the Varsity 4C races, Penn won its three-boat heat in 8:03.464, then took second overall in 8:09.997 to earn a silver medal behind Brown (8:03.890). Cornell was third overall, while Columbia was fourth.