PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team is in action for the third weekend in a row this weekend, competing in the inaugural Doc Hosea Invitational in Saratoga, N.Y.
Penn is slated to race twice, on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and then Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. The Quakers will race four boats this weekend, two eights and two fours. Saturday’s races will be against Syracuse and Northeastern for the Orange Challenge Cup, which has been contested every year since 1981 -- with the exception of last year, when darkness and conditions cancelled the Varsity 8 race -- and was won by the Orange in 2013 and 2014 (after Penn took it in 2011 and 2012).
“I am super excited for this weekend’s racing in honor of Doctor Tim Hosea,” said Penn’s head coach, Wesley Ng. “Tim was a longtime US National Team doctor who went above and beyond to help elite athletes pursue their dreams of competing for world championship and Olympic medals. We’re glad we can honor his contribution to USRowing with this regatta. The regatta itself has 10 total teams, all from cold weather climes, gathering for an early-season competition to get an initial gauge of the success of our winter and early spring training. We have great representation from the major conferences in NCAA Division I rowing, and that’s key as everyone is vying for NCAA selection come May.”