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Navy Completes Second Day of Heavyweight Rowing Action at IRA Regatta

Navy had one grand final qualifier and four earn petite final bids.

May 31, 2014

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy heavyweight rowing program completed the second day of racing at the IRA National Championship with solid results that saw the second varsity eight qualify for the grand final on Sunday. Navy’s first, third and freshman eight crews, as well as the varsity four all advanced to their petite finals, respectively.  

“Our 2V8 had the race of the day for us,” said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. “They qualified for the grand final and can compete with the best schools in that event. Our other boats had solid races, but did not qualify for grand finals. We are geared up to finish strong tomorrow. Every boat has a chance to finish better than last year.”

Complete Results

Navy’s second varsity eight, who came into the weekend seeded fifth, lived up to its billing and advanced to Sunday’s grand final with the third-best time in the second semifinal. In a fast race, Washington won with a time of 6:06.490, while Northeastern and Navy finished in tight pack for second. The Huskies held off the Mids by a 6:09.377 to 6:10.022 margin. Navy edged out Boston University by 0.541 seconds.

In first varsity action, the Mids raced in semifinal number one and finished fifth versus a talented field. California won the heat at 5:47.397 and finished more than two seconds ahead of Washington. Brown (5:53.127) and Northeastern (5:55.225) placed in front Navy, who registered a 5:58.154 time.

The final varsity eight racing saw the 3V8 crew complete the course with a time of 6:15.700 and a sixth-place finish; Syracuse (6:13.424) edged Navy by over 2.2 seconds for fifth. California won the first semifinal at 5:57.023.

Navy’s varsity four boat had the best chance of giving the program two crews in Sunday grand final as they posted a time of 6:46.377 to finish fourth in the second semifinal. Overall, the Mids’ time was nearly six seconds better than the third qualifier from the first semifinal, Wisconsin (6:52.319). California won the second semifinal at 6:39.598, while the Hoyas of Georgetown finished third in the final transfer position (6:43.483).



In freshman eight action, the Mids’ F8 crew finished fourth in the first repechage with a 6:16.027 result. Cornell won the race at 5:57.333, while the second-place finishing Wisconsin (5:59.020) was the final qualifier from the repechage.

The petite final for V4 racers will be the first action for the Mids on Sunday as they will take to Mercer Lake at 9:10 a.m. Navy’s V8 boat will complete the day’s action with the petite final at 12:30 p.m.



Varsity Eight

Semifinal 1

  1. California – 5:47.397
  2. Washington – 5:49.863
  3. Brown – 5:53.127
  4. Northeastern – 5:55.225
  5. Navy – 5:58.154
  6. Columbia – 6:03.831

V8 to race in Saturday’s Petite Final at 12:30 p.m.

Second Varsity Eight

Semifinal 2

  1. Washington – 6:06.490
  2. Northeastern – 6:09.377
  3. Navy – 6:10.022
  4. Boston U. – 6:10.563
  5. Penn – 6:26.379
  6. Oregon State – 6:35.037

2V8 moves to Grand Final at 11:30 a.m.

Third Varsity Eight

Semifinal 1

  1. California – 5:57.023
  2. Brown – 6:01.485
  3. Princeton – 6:02.931
  4. Dartmouth – 6:05.306
  5. Syracuse – 6:13.424
  6. Navy – 6:15.700

3V8 moves to Petite Final at 10:40 a.m.

Varsity Four

Semifinal 2

  1. California – 6:39.598
  2. Brown – 6:42.512
  3. Georgetown – 6:43.483
  4. Navy – 6:46.377
  5. Northeastern – 6:49.142
  6. Colgate – 6:59.745

V4 moves to Petite Final at 9:10 a.m.

Freshman Eight

Repechage 1

  1. Cornell – 5:57.333
  2. Wisconsin – 5:59.020
  3. George Washington – 6:01.005
  4. Navy – 6:16.027
  5. Drexel – 6:31.692

F8 to race in Petite Final at 11:00 a.m.

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