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Heavyweight Rowers Open the IRA Regatta With Solid Performances

Navy had four boats advance to the semifinals.

May 31, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team opened competition on Friday at the IRA National Championships with five crews in action on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. Both the freshman eight and open four crews advanced to Saturday's semifinals from their heat races, while the varsity eight and varsity four both advanced by way of their finishes in the afternoon repechage races.

Complete Results

After finishing third behind Harvard and Princeton in its heat, the varsity eight took part in one of the afternoon repechage races looking to earn a place in one of the top-two semifinals. The Mids got out to a strong start in the repechage and never trailed, finishing in first place with a time of 6:05 and earning a spot in one of Saturday's first or second semifinal races.

"The varsity had a good repechage race - they did what they had to do to get into the semifinals," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "They were strong in the first 1,000 meters of their heat race, so hopefully they can combine that with their effort with the repechage and be even better tomorrow."

The freshman boat found itself in a tight, three-way heat race with both Harvard and Cornell. The three crews stayed close all the way to the end and finished within 2 seconds of each other. Harvard won with a time of 6:01, followed by Cornell at 6:02 and Navy at 6:03. Drexel placed fourth with a 6:23. The Mids' third place finish earned them a spot in one of two semifinal races on Saturday for the right to move on to the grand final.

"The freshman had a great heat and really showed a lot of composure against some very good crews," said Friedrich. "They have gained a lot of speed in their training."

In Navy's open four heat race, Washington got out to a solid lead early with Cal and Navy trailing, respectively. The three boats stayed in order through the finish line with Washington clocking a 6:49, Cal a 7:00 and Navy a 7:11, ensuring their spots in one of tomorrow's semifinals. Dartmouth was fourth with a 7:38.



The varsity four placed fourth in its heat and then rebounded with an especially strong effort in the repechage race. The Midshipmen took on Harvard and Oregon State in the repechage and led from wire to wire, finishing with open water between both crews. The Mids clocked a 6:54, which was 7 seconds ahead of OSU.

"Both the varsity four and open four did very well. Both crews are learning and getting faster each race," said Friedrich.

The second varsity finished 1 second behind Syracuse to take fourth place in its heat race. In the repechage, Penn and Cornell grabbed the top-two spots, but Navy and Oregon State battled the entire 2,000 meters for third place. In the end, the Beavers edged the Mids, 6:17.137-6:17.741.

The IRA National Championships will resume tomorrow at 11 a.m. EDT.

"The semifinals will be tough tomorrow, but we'll be ready," said Friedrich.

Varsity Eight - Heat 2
1. Harvard - 5:47
2. Princeton - 5:49
3. Navy - 5:55
4. Georgetown- 5:58
5. Oregon State- 6:01
6. UCSD - 6:21

Varsity Eight - Repechage 2
1. Navy - 6:05
2. Drexel - 6:09
3. Holy Cross - 6:12
4. Gonzaga - 6:13

Second Varsity Eight - Heat 4
1. California - 5:52
2. Northeastern - 5:58
3. Syracuse - 6:01
4. Navy - 6:02
5. Gonzaga - 6:23

Second Varsity Eight - Repechage 1
1. Cornell - 6:08
2. Penn - 6:12
3. Oregon State - 6:17.137
4. Navy - 6:17.741
5. Holy Cross - 6:21

Freshman Eight - Heat 3
1. Harvard - 6:01
2. Cornell - 6:02
3. Navy - 6:03
4. Drexel - 6:23

Varsity Four - Heat 3
1. FIT - 6:41
2. Colgate - 6:49
3. Navy - 6:53
4. Penn - 6:54
5. Syracuse - 7:00
6. Gonzaga - 7:11

Varsity Four - Repechage
1. Navy - 6:54
2. Oregon State - 7:01
3. Harvard - 7:02

Open Four - Heat 3
1. Washington - 6:49
2. California - 7:00
3. Navy - 7:11
4. Dartmouth - 7:38

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