Women take Orange Cup

· April 11, 2011, 4:13 am   ·  Updated April 11, 2011, 12:00 am

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The women’s rowing team won the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight races, taking home its first Orange Challenge Cup victory since 1995.

“Lifting a 16-year drought was a huge weight off our shoulders,” coach Mike Lane told Penn Athletics. “I think today showed our women that they have the potential to do great things, and the work they are putting in is paying off with character-building performances like we saw today.”

Meanwhile, the men’s heavyweights finished behind No. 4 Princeton and No. 10 Columbia in the three-team Childs Cup.

Penn’s best finish came in the Second Varsity Eight, where the Quakers were just 2.9 seconds off the winning Princeton boat.

The men’s lightweights can find some silver lining in their loss to Harvard in the Matthews-Leonard Cup. The No. 2 Crimson — who were invited to the annual competition between Penn and Cornell — finished first, but the No.3 Big Red forfeited, giving Penn the Cup victory.

It was the first time since 1990 that Cornell did not win the cup.

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