The North Carolina rowing team successfully braved troubled waters during its two-day stint on the Cooper River.
Tar Heel rowers notched several top finishes during the weekend’s Murphy Cup and Cooper River Sprints in Cherry Hill, N.J. UNC prevailed against the field and several bouts of poor conditions while racing down the Cooper River.
On Saturday, UNC earned four medals before inclement weather led to the cancellation of several races.
UNC’s varsity eight stormed out of the gate and won their heat with the time of 6:55.39. In the grand final, the University of Pennsylvania narrowly beat UNC for gold as the Tar Heels took second with the time of 6:44.82.
The Tar Heel third varsity eight also won silver in their finals. UNC rowers were able to outpace George Washington and Delaware before finishing a few strokes behind Temple. The second varsity eight took bronze in their final.
UNC’s varsity four took home the Tar Heels’ fourth medal of the day. Though the finals for the events were canceled due to inclement weather, UNC had a strong enough showing in the heats to earn silver for the event.
On Sunday, the Tar Heels had four teams finish in the top three of their respective races.
After a strong showing the day prior, UNC showcased its abilities once again in a separate match on the same river. The Tar Heels faced a largely fresh and well-rested field, as only one other team rowed both days.