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Heavyweight Rowing Sees Four Boats Qualify for IRA Semifinals on Day One

Navy had all four varsity boats qualify for the semifinals.

Navy had all four varsity boats qualify for the semifinals.

May 30, 2014

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Day One of the IRA National Championships found the Navy heavyweight rowing program place all four of its varsity boats into Saturday’s semifinals. Racing on a 2000-meter course on Lake Mercer, the second varsity eight boat and varsity four crews recorded strong opening performances in heat racing for automatic advancement to Saturday’s semifinals, while the varsity eight and third varsity eight crew advanced via the afternoon’s repechage races.

“It was a solid day for us,” said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. “Some boats could have raced better, but all of our boats are in the top semifinals tomorrow so we achieved our goal there. Today was a step forward from last year’s opening day.”

Complete Results

The varsity eight’s day began with a third-place finish in the fourth heat. Princeton won the heat with a time of 5:39.669 and Brown edged Navy for the automatic bid in the semifinals by 1.984 seconds with a 5:42.470 to 5:44.454 result. The Mids came out in the afternoon’s repechage and cruised to the group win with a time of 5:41.757. George Washington finished second to Navy by 2.863 seconds.

The Mids’ second varsity eight crew was the first of two squads to garner entrance directly into the semifinals as it finished runner-up in the third heat to Princeton (5:44.852). Navy earned the berth by defeating Syracuse, 5:49.227 to 5:52.289.

In third varsity eight action, the Mids finished fourth in heat number two with a 6:03.974 result before coming back in the first repechage race and dropping over 15 seconds on their time. Navy finished runner-up to Cornell (5:46.997) with a time of 5:48.978.

The final varsity race involved four-man action. Similar to the 2V8, Navy’s varsity four boat advanced to the semifinals with a second-place result in its heat. Boston University won the first heat with a time of 6:34.166, while the Mids were second at 6:37.004.


 

 

In freshman action, Navy completed the course with a time of 6:23.100 in heat number two. Washington was the top finisher in the Mids’ heat at 5:42.903. Repechage action for the Mids will take place on Saturday morning.

Day two of the Championship begins at 9:15 a.m. with the varsity four boat taking to Lake Mercer in semifinal action. Navy’s five boats will wrap up racing with the varsity eight crew competing at 11:15 a.m.

Results

Varsity Eight

Heat 4

  1. Princeton – 5:39.669
  2. Brown – 5:42.470
  3. Navy – 5:44.454
  4. Stanford – 5:49.136
  5. Florida Tech – 5:51.105
  6. Holy Cross – 5:59.501

Repechage 4

  1. Navy – 5:41.757
  2. George Washington – 5:44.620
  3. Drexel – 5:51.025
  4. Gonzaga – 5:55.795

V8 advances to Saturday’s Semifinal #1 at 11:15 a.m.

Second Varsity Eight

Heat 3

  1. Princeton – 5:44.852
  2. Navy – 5:49.227
  3. Syracuse – 5:52.289
  4. Columbia – 5:53.871
  5. Hobart – 6:08.223
  6. Holy Cross – 6:08.416

2V8 advances to Semifinal #2 at 10:45 a.m.

Third Varsity Eight

Heat 2

  1. Washington – 5:51.238
  2. Princeton – 5:56.055
  3. Syracuse – 6:01.189
  4. Navy – 6:03.974
  5. Harvard – 6:16.765
  6. Hobart – 6:24.341

Repechage 1

  1. Cornell – 5:46.997
  2. Navy – 5:48.978
  3. Penn – 5:49.678
  4. Wisconsin – 5:49.771
  5. Oregon State – 5:53.360
  6. Hobart – 6:15.212

3V8 advances to Semifinal #1 at 10 a.m.

Varsity Four

Heat 1

  1. Boston University – 6:34.166
  2. Navy – 6:37.004
  3. Colgate – 6:43.158
  4. Temple – 6:46.327
  5. Princeton – 6:50.033
  6. Milwaukee – 6:50.685

V4 advances to Semifinal #2 at 9:15 a.m.

Freshman Eight

Heat 2

  1. Washington – 5:42.903
  2. Harvard – 5:45.021
  3. Cornell – 5:57.834
  4. Penn – 6:12.023
  5. Navy – 6:23.100

F8 will race in repechage #2 at 9:45 a.m.

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