PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team is ready to row in intercollegiate competition for the first time under new head coach Wesley Ng. The debut comes Saturday, when the Quakers participate in the annual Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River. The all-day event is scheduled to begin around 9:15 a.m. and end around 6 p.m.
Penn is slated to row six eights -- including three in the Women’s Open/Collegiate 8+ division -- and a pair of fours on Saturday. The Navy Day Regatta is a head race that covers three miles and will finish near Boathouse Row.
“We are very interested to put our preparations to the test on our home course this Saturday,” said Ng, who came to Penn from Trinity College in Connecticut where he led the Bantams to the NCAA title. “We’ve made steady progress in different areas, and we’ll use this first competition to learn about our strengths and weaknesses. I am particularly excited for our freshman class, which will contribute across every level of our program -- having your first race is a really exciting experience. I’m also looking forward to the performance of our coxswains -- who have taken on new leadership roles -- and seeing how they can put their instincts, preparation, and competitiveness to the test.”