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Heavyweight Rowers Post Successful Opening Day at the IRA Regatta

Senior Matt Fluhr

May 31, 2012

Complete Results

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team opened the IRA National Championships in Camden, N.J., on Thursday in successful fashion as it advanced four of its five crews to the semifinals. The Mids' first and second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four boats all earned berths in Friday's semifinals.

The varsity, second varsity and freshman crews all bounced back from their showings in the morning trial heats to clinch spots in the semifinals by placing in the top three of their respective repechage races.

"I think we were all pleased with the way our crews rebounded from this morning," said Navy head coach Rick Clothier. "We'll get some rest now and be ready for tomorrow morning."

In the varsity eight repechage race, Cornell beat Navy across the finish line by just 0.395 to take first place. Penn grabbed the other semifinal berth with a third-place finish by clocking a 5:36.093.

"I thought this afternoon was much more representative of what the varsity crew can do," said Clothier. "We were very close to winning the race at the end, but we'll take it and move forward."

The varsity eight placed fifth in its morning trial heat on the Cooper River with a time of 6:01.015.

Navy's second varsity crew, which took third in its trial heat, roared back to win its repechage in the afternoon. The Mids' time of 5:41.681 was just over one second faster than second-place Syracuse.

"The second varsity raced very well this afternoon," said Clothier. "They were in front from start to finish and were able to hold off Syracuse in the end."

Navy's freshman boat took third in the morning heat race, finishing nearly 20 seconds behind first-place Cornell with a time of 6:15.194. But, like the first and second varsity boats, the freshman crew pulled together for a strong repechage race in the afternoon.

The Mids were even with Princeton nearly all race and it was the Tigers that barely crossed the finish line first, clocking a 5:46.088. Navy posted a 5:46.206.



"The plebe race was dynamite," said Clothier. "They bounced back well."

In its only race of the day, the varsity four placed third in its semifinal with a time of 6:56.862. Cal placed second with a time of 6:34.313 and Harvard took second, clocking a 6:44.408.

Navy's open four boat finished sixth in its heat with a time of 6:53.676, but will still have a chance to move on to the grand final when it competes in the repechage on Friday morning.

Racing will begin again on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

V8, repechage
1 Cornell, 5:33.800
2 Navy, 5:34.195
3 Pennsylvania, 5:36.093
4 Geo Washington, 5:39.293
5 Dartmouth, 5:41.817
6 Gonzaga, 5:53.011

V8, heat two
1 Washington, 5:45.849
2 Princeton, 5:47.399
3 Cornell, 5:48.760
4 Northeastern, 5:49.763
5 Navy, 6:01.015
6 Drexel, 6:25.182

F8, repechage
1 Princeton, 5:46.088
2 Navy, 5:46.206
3 Wisconsin, 5:52.078
4 Syracuse, 5:56.247
5 Gonzaga, 6:02.918
6 Drexel, 6:03.281

F8, heat three
1 Cornell, 5:56.437
2 Harvard, 5:56.444
3 Dartmouth, 6:11.127
4 Navy, 6:15.194
5 Pennsylvania, 6:18.573
6 Drexel, 6:26.641

2V8, repechage
1 Navy, 5:41.681
2 Syracuse, 5:42.703
3 Pennsylvania, 5:49.609
4 Yale, 5:54.089
5 Gonzaga, 6:13.125

2V8, heat three
1 Washington, 5:50.418
2 Brown, 5:55.523
3 Navy, 6:07.272
4 Stanford, 6:11.896
5 Yale, 6:14.21

V4, heat three
1 California, 6:34.313
2 Harvard, 6:44.408
3 Navy, 6:56.862
4 Dartmouth, 7:25.101

O4, heat one
1 Washington, 6:23.186
2 Wisconsin, 6:23.727
3 Brown, 6:36.862
4 Harvard, 6:38.117
5 Princeton, 6:43.752
6 Navy, 6:53.676

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