Boston The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team finished second at the 26th Orange Cup this morning on the waters of the Charles River. Fifteenth-ranked Syracuse captured the 2,000-meter race, while Northeastern placed third and UMass fourth.
Rowing with a tail wind, Syracuse set a new Orange Cup course record with a time of 6:31.9. The Quakers clocked a time of 6:33.0 to finish as the runner-up in the varsity eight. The previous best on the Charles River was 6:41.0 set by Northeastern in 1993. Penn led at the 500-meter mark by two seats with Northeastern and Syracuse tied and UMass trailing by a length. At 1000, Penn had four seats on Syracuse but by the 1500 mark, Syracuse had tied Penn and both had open water on Northeastern and UMass. Syracuse broke the tie with 30 strokes to go to win its fifth Orange Cup. Northeastern has captured 12 Orange Cup titles while Penn is second on the list with nine.
In the second varsity race, Penn was the runner-up with a time of 6:46.2, just two seconds off the pace of Northeastern (6:44.2). Syracuse took third (6:53.0) while UMass placed fourth (7:12.4).
Penn swept both varsity four races on the day. In the varsity four 'A' race, the Quakers edged Northeastern for second with a time of 7:46.8, while Syracuse (8:02.9) and UMass (8:37.2) finished third and fourth respectively. The Red and Blue also beat Northeastern in the varsity four 'B' event. Penn clocked a time of 7:48.9 while Northeastern finished with a time of 8:03.5.
The Red and Blue finished fourth in the novice race with a time of 7:20.0. Syracuse took the event with a time of 6:56.0, while Northeastern placed second in 7:05.6 and UMass third with a time of 7:18.2.
Penn travels to Ithaca, N.Y. on April 16 to challenge Cornell and Rutgers for the Class of ’89 Plate.
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-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant