WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – It was a successfully Saturday morning on Mercer Lake for the Philadelphia University women's rowing team as the Rams qualified both of its boats into their respective semifinals of the Knecht Cup.
Philadelphia's novice four earned a spot in Sunday's semifinal race after a third place finish in its heat race. The Rams completed the 2,000-meter race with a time of 8 minutes, 45.53 seconds. Also qualifying directly out of the heat were Stanford (8:20.29) and SMU (8:28.04).
The Rams will occupy lane three in semifinal heat two and will go off at 10:36 a.m. Philadelphia will compete against New Hampshire's "A" and "B" boats, Maryland, Boston College, and Holy Cross. The two times will advance to the final.
In the varsity eight event, Philadelphia had the fifth-place time of 7:16.52. Despite the fifth place, Philadelphia had of the six best times out of the boats that didn't place in the top three of their heat to earn in place the semis.
Philadelphia's semifinal heat is slated for 10:36 a.m. The Rams will be in lane one against Villanova, George Mason, Wisconsin, Boston College, and Temple.
The second varsity eight race was moved to Sunday at 7:12 a.m.
In addition to those three races, Philadelphia will also compete in the DI/II club four and DI/II club eight events. The club four race is at 11:30 a.m. and the club eight race will go off at 12:12 p.m.