PHILADELPHIA –Less than a week removed from its training trip to Georgia during spring break, the University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team is ready to start the spring portion of its 2015-16 season. The Quakers host Boston College and local rival Saint Joseph’s Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River, in what will be the program’s only home races this spring.
Saturday’s races will take place across four boats, two eights and two fours. The Varsity 4+ B race will start things at 9:30 a.m., while the Varsity 8+ race will conclude things at 10:50 a.m. Following the races, Penn will host Senior Day festivities at the boathouse at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Penn has won this season-opening event each of the last three years, facing the Hawks and George Washington University. Boston College provides a new opponent for the Quakers.
“The first race of the season is always a good chance to test our preparations, and it is fun that it will be on our home course,” said Penn’s first-year head coach, Wesley Ng. “We have had some good focus for spring training, and have identified areas where we can improve and others that are becoming strengths. For our seniors, amazingly, it’s their final home race and I can imagine that’s emotional for them and their teammates. They’ve provided a lot of leadership during the coaching and programmatic transitions, and I hope they recognize the impact they’ll have on the future of the squad.”