PHILADELPHIA -The Penn women's rowing team had three boats finish as the fastest in their class at Saturday's head event, the Navy Day Regatta, held on the Schuylkill River.
Most prominently, the Quakers' varsity 8 A took first in the Women's Open/Collegiate final for the first time since 2006, clocking 13:55.04 over the three-mile course to defeat second-place Navy by more than seven seconds. Penn's B boat was ninth overall in 15:03.49. In having the fastest varsity boat, Penn was recipient of the inaugural Liz Bergen Award.
"It was a great day for our athletes!" said head coach Mike Lane. "All the hard work they put in over the summer is now paying dividends on the race course. We are honored to win the first ever Liz Bergen Award for our varsity 8+'s performance. Being the home team and winning that award is extra special.
"We can enjoy the win for a short period of time because, come the start of practice this week, we are now going to focus on our next challenge which will be the Head of the Schuylkill for our novice and the Princeton Chase for our varsity."
Penn also had the fastest boat in the Women's Collegiate 4 -- in fact, the Quakers had the two fastest boats. The Penn B clocked 16:01.11, while the A boat crossed the finish line in 16:04.47. (The C boat was seventh overall, in 16:56.30)
The final Penn victory came in the Novice 4, as the Quakers went 16:28.73.
In the JV 8, Penn was a close secondbehind Navy's A boat, in 14:47.34 -- just .43 seconds off the Middies'winning time--and in the novice 8 the Quakers were eighth in 19:14.61.
Penn returns to action in two weeks, again on the Schuylkill, when the Quakers participate in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.