Women's Rowing Varsity Finishes Seventh at Sprints

EAWRC Sprints Final Results

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - The Penn women's rowing varsity eight was up against it heading into Sunday's EAWRC Sprints, which took place Sunday on the Cooper River. The Quakers were in the only heat that featured two ranked teams, Princeton and Harvard.

Sure enough, the Tigers and Crimson went 1-2 in the morning heat, bumping the Quakers to the petite final Sunday afternoon. However, Penn responded by winning the petite final, clocking 6:46.431 to finish seventh overall, well ahead of Columbia (6:49.133).

It marked the third time in the last five years the Quakers have won the petite final at the varsity eight, and the third year in a row -- all under head coach Mike Lane -- that they finished seventh or better (Penn went seventh in 2007 and 2009, and was fifth last year). Prior to 2005, you have to go all the way back to 1991 to find the last time the varsity eight finished seventh or better at Sprints -- the Quakers went sixth that year.

Penn's only grand final appearance Sunday came in the novice four, where the Quakers finished sixth overall in 8:30.105. Georgetown won that race in 7:54.931, followed by Princeton, Cornell, Brown and Dartmouth.

The novice eight took eighth place overall, finishing second in the petite final after going third in its morning heat behind Brown and Columbia. In the final, Penn clocked 7:10.196 to finish behind Harvard (7:06.890).

The varsity four finished ninth overall, timing 8:01.521 to finish behind Syracuse (7:52.733) and Boston University (7:57.455) in Sunday afternoon's petite final. In the morning heat, Penn was third behind Yale and Harvard.

The second varsity eight went fourth in its morning heat, then followed that up with another fourth-place finish in the petite final to place 10th overall. In the final, the Quakers clocked 7:00.412 and finished behind Cornell (6:54.358), Northeastern (6:58.468) and Syracuse (6:58.902).

Penn's varsity four 'B' boat finished ninth overall, clocking 8:32.704. Overall on the day,the Quakersfinished eighth in the Charles Willing Point Trophy, with 34.