CHERRY HILL, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team advanced five boats to Grand Finals on Sunday at the Ivy League Rowing Championships on the Cooper River.
Overall, Penn finished sixth in the points race with 36 points which is a program high in the four-year history of the Championships. The Quakers were well ahead of Dartmouth (19) and Columbia (19) and nearly broke into fifth place, finishing a mere five points behind Cornell (41).
Penn earned a bronze medal in the Varsity 4 C race, taking third place behind Princeton and Harvard in a six-boat race. The Quakers covered the 2,000-meter course in 7:42.182, which was less than a second behind the second-place Crimson (7:41.420) and just ahead of Cornell (7:42.717). The Tigers were first in 7:31.830.
A pleasant surprise occurred in the Varsity 4 A races, where Penn entered the day seeded seventh but moved all the way up to fourth place. After rowing its way into the Grand Final in the morning heats, the Quakers clocked 7:27.709 in the afternoon which put them behind champion Brown, second-place Yale and third-place Princeton.
A torrential rain blew through the course during the Varsity 4 B Grand Final, in which Penn held its seed and took fifth place. The Quakers were clocked in 7:23.976. Brown won the title in 6:59.255, nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Princeton.
The Second Varsity 8 also advanced to the Grand Final, then finished sixth in the afternoon in a time of 6:50.640. Brown won the 2V8 title ahead of Harvard and Yale.
In the Varsity 8, Penn defeated Dartmouth in the Petite Final in a time of 6:39.296, more than four seconds ahead of the Big Green (6:43.465). Brown completed a sweep of the NCAA boats by winning the Varsity 8 Grand Final.
Not surprisingly, Brown took the overall points title with 87 points. Yale was second, with 72, while Princeton was third (69) and Harvard was fourth (64).
In a seven-boat race to start the afternoon races, Penn’s Third Varsity 8 finished seventh in 7:20.621.
From the Morning…
The Varsity 4 B easily advanced to the Grand Final in 7:23.854, finishing third well ahead of Columbia. Yale won the heat, followed closely by Harvard and then Penn.
The Varsity 4 A surpassed its seed in the morning, defeating Cornell to advance to the Grand Final. Yale won the heat, followed by Princeton and then the Quakers (7:23.215).
The Second Varsity 8 advanced to the Grand Final in 6:44.652, taking third behind Brown and Harvard but finishing well ahead of Columbia.
The Varsity 8 could not make it a Grand Finals sweep, finishing fourth a little less than four seconds behind third-place Columbia. Princeton won the heat, followed by Yale.