Schuylkill Regatta held in Philly

By Karen Schweizer
November 1, 2001

Karen Schweizer

Athletes from all over the nation came to the city last weekend for the annual Schuylkill Regatta, a race held by the University Barge Club of Philadelphia that pitted scull boat crews in over 24 events along a 2.6-mile Schuylkill River course.

The course races consisted of both individual and collegiate teams Bringing out many of the local universities, including Temple, St. Josephs, LaSalle, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel.

Collegiate races and Championship eights, ended in wins by Princeton Training Center and Syracuse University. The University of Pennsylvania came in second in Championship eights women.

Supporters of the teams and spectators lined Kelly Drive and watched from a grandstand as the scull boats raced throughout the day. People were encouraged to visit a Thomas Eakins exhibit in the Philadelphia Art Museum following the races.

Thomas Eakins was a realist painter who depicted rowing and sculling along the Schuylkill’s banks. His exhibit features over 60 oil paintings, 120 photos and various watercolors and drawings. During his life Eakins was an avid oarsman and was persuaded by friends to become a professional in races. Thomas Eakins is the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and the races on Saturday were held in his name.

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