Women's Rowing Starts 2009-10 With Poughkeepsie Regatta

PHILADELPHIA -The Marist rowing teams will host the Poughkeepsie Regatta this Saturday at Longview Park on the Hudson River Valley campus, and to help the celebration the Penn women's rowing program will be involved as the Quakersstart their 2009-10 campaign.

Five original and current stewards will return for the race, which is a re-enactment of the Poughkeepsie Regatta, the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship race that was held in Poughkeepsie from 1895-1949. The stewards include Columbia, Cornell, Navy, Penn and Syracuse. Army, host Marist, and Vassar will also compete in the races as crews from the Hudson River Valley.

"I am truly honored that we are invited to this great event!" said Penn head coach Mike Lane, who enters his fourth season. "The history of rowing on Boathouse Row and the history of Penn Rowing is truly amazing. I am very excited that we are able to help honor that history at the race this weekend.

"Fall racing is an opportunity to try different lineups and combinations of athletes," he continued. "I am excited to start the process of preparing for Eastern Sprints on May 16, 2010. Racing some league rivals will make this event that much more exciting."

The day will begin at 8 a.m., with a coaches and coxswain meeting. The crews will launch at 8:30 a.m., and the three-race slate will kick off at 9 a.m.

The first race to be contested will be the women's 8, with seven crews competing including Penn. The others are Columbia, Cornell, Syracuse, Army, Marist and Vassar. The second race will be the lightweight men's crews with four boats in the race -- Cornell, Navy, Penn and Marist 2V. The final race of the day will be the heavyweight men's race with five crews competing (Columbia, Cornell, Army, Marist, Vassar).

Following the final race there will be an awards ceremony to honor all the participants in front of Marist's historic Cornell Boathouse.

Penn Women's Varsity 8 Boating
Cox - L. Caffrey
8 - L. Donald
7 - R. Donald
6 - L. Fitzgerald
5 - A. Kendall
4 - J. Drossner
3 - K. Burke
2 - N. Bedos
1 - M.E. King