Women’s rowing takes second place in Saturday’s Connell Cup race
LEONIA, NJ – The University of Pennsylvania women’s rowing team put in a solid performance on Saturday. The Varsity Eight boat finished second behind No. 2 Yale, but finished well ahead of Columbia and Dartmouth in the Connell Cup race, while the Second Varsity Eight also finished second. In total, Penn launched five boats in Saturday’s races hosted by Columbia at Overpeck Park.
“The team put in an excellent performance against tough competition today,” said the head coach Wesley Ng. “At this point in the season we are looking to progress, discover our strengths and weaknesses and give more support to our training groups and that was a good move today. We are now focused on preparing for our longest journey of the year at the Pac-12 Challenge in Las Vegas, where we will see stronger opponents from the national rankings.”
Saturday’s final results (HereNow.com)
Penn’s 16th boat completed the 2,000 meter course at Overpeck Park in 6:57.262 Saturday morning. That was less than eight seconds behind Yale’s second-place boat (6:49.302) and well ahead of third-placed Columbia (7:11.250). Dartmouth (7:24.849) was a distant fourth.
Second varsity eight
Penn’s time was 7:11.735, just over eight seconds behind the Bulldogs (7:03.567) but again well ahead of the third-place boat, who was being petted by Dartmouth (7:41.543). Columbia was fourth (7:45.543).
Penn clocked 8:11.564 and was edged out for second at the finish line by Columbia (8:11.152). Yale won that race in 7:49.718 while Dartmouth was fourth (8:20.258).
Second Uni Four
Penn covered the distance in 8:11.938 and finished second to Yale (7:43.869). Columbia (8:19.698) was third while Dartmouth (8:35.535) was a distant fourth.
Third varsity eight
Penn finished third in that race with a 7:43.730, behind winners Yale (7:09.808) and Columbia (7:38.406). Dartmouth (8:07.429) finished fourth.
Penn will be in Las Vegas next Saturday and Sunday for the Pac-12 Challenge.