PHILADELPHIA – After a weekend off from racing, the University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team starts building in earnest for the Ivy League Championships this weekend as the Quakers will send four boats to the annual Clemson Invitational.
This has become a regular part of Penn’s spring schedule, and the Quakers will race two eights and two fours over the two-day event. All four boats are scheduled to go Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and then one final time on Sunday morning.
A total of 21 teams are scheduled to be in the field, including Dartmouth and Cornell from the Ivy League. In fact, Penn and the Big Red will be grouped in all of the Saturday morning races as they race for the Class of ’89 Plaque after those races were scuttled two weeks ago at the Nordic 9 event in Ithaca, N.Y.
“Getting the opportunity for us to head back to Clemson to race is huge,” said head coach Mike Lane. “It is an awesome event, with teams coming in from all over the country. The racing will be the highest level we have seen this season.
“Our athletes have had a tough go of it in terms of weather, and we are really looking forward to great weather, where we can put down three quality races,” he continued. “This is a chance to go for it! Our goal is to get out on Saturday, focus on ourselves, and crank the oars as hard as possible.”