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CLEMSON, S.C. - Penn earned wins in the varsity 4+ and novice 4+ races, and came in second in the varsity, second varsity and novice 8+ races Saturday morning at the Clemson Challenge. The races were a conclusion to the Quakers’ spring break trip toGainesville, Ga.,this past week.
The 2,000-meter races on Lake Hartwell got off to a late start due to rain, but began with the host Tigers winning the varsity 8+ with a time of 6:48.7. Penn was second in 6:57.63, followed by Indiana (7:07.7), Purdue (7:09.53), and Ithaca College (7:15.95).
The second varsity 8+ race followed, and Clemson was again victorious with a time of 7:03.6. The Quakers were second with a time of 7:14.71, and Indiana was not far behind with a time of 7:17.53. Purdue and Ithaca finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Penn came out on top in the varsity 4+ race with a time of 8:07.9, while Clemson was a close second in 8:09.34. Clemson’s varsity 4+ boat was third and was followed by Indiana and Penn’s second varsity 4+.
Penn also finished second in the novice 8+ race, finishing 12 seconds behind Clemson with a time of 7:26.05. Purdue took third, while Indiana and Ithaca finished fourth and fifth.
In the novice 4+ race, Penn came out on top with a time of 8:10.0. Clemson finished in second with a time of 8:16.84, while the Quakers’ second novice 4+ boat crossed the finish line third.
“For the first race of the spring our athletes accomplished what we expected them to do,” said head coach Mike Lane. “Clemson is ranked 17th in the country, and to be within 10 seconds of them going into the races for the varsity, JV and novice races is a good step forward from where we were last spring. And then to win the varsity and novice 4+ was a great finish to the day. The experience we gained on Saturday will help prepare us as we go into league racing.
“We had a really solid week of good rowing in Georgia, wrapping up in Clemson,” he continued. “The water was great, and the week gave us the opportunity to prepare our athletes as we go into our spring racing. It is always great to get away from campus and focus 100 percent on getting better at rowing.”
Penn is scheduled to race against Saint Joseph’s Friday, and then the Cup season begins in two weeks when the Quakers compete for the Connell Cup with Yale and Columbia in New Haven, Conn.