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Heavyweight Rowers Wrap Up Day Two at the IRA Regatta

The varsity eight will compete in the petite final tomorrow.

June 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team had four crews in action in the semifinals at the IRA National Championships on Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. The varsity eight placed fifth in its semifinal race, while the freshman eight and varsity four both placed fourth; all three will compete in the petite finals tomorrow. The open four continued its strong run with a third place finish in its semifinal and will now row in the grand final tomorrow.

"The varsity had a solid race against some really fast crews," said Navy head coach Rob Friedrich. "We're excited for tomorrow and it's going to be a fast petite final. Last year we finished 10th and it's our goal to finish better than that this year."

Complete Results

With Washington, California, Princeton and Stanford leading the field in the varsity eight semifinal, Navy and Wisconsin battled for the fifth spot. The Mids never trailed the Badgers, but less than a boat length separated the two crews with 500 meters to go. Navy held off the Badgers by 1 second for fifth place and pulled to within of 4 seconds of fourth-place Stanford, clocking a 5:51.

The varsity open four placed third in its semifinal race, ensuring a spot in Sunday's grand final. The Mids battled Brown for much of the race and the Bears just beat them across the line for second place, 6:35-6:37. Washington won the semifinal with a time of 6:28.

"They had a really gutsy race and got after it from the beginning," said Friedrich. "It's a great story and they really did well again today."

The varsity four took fourth place its semifinal. Navy and Cornell stayed close in the final 1,000 meters jockeying for third place. The Big Red just held off the Mids at the finish line to take third, 6:32-6:33. Cal (6:25) and Boston University took the top spots (6:27).

"They had a great race and a strong finish," said Friedrich.



After strong performance in its heat race on Friday, the freshman eight came back with another strong row on Saturday in the semifinals. With Washington and Cal in the lead at the halfway point, Harvard, Navy and Wisconsin were all just behind and within a boat length of each other. Harvard drew closer to Cal in the end, taking second behind Washington with a time of 5:54. Cal followed in third place with a time of 5:56 and Navy clocked a 6:01 to take fourth. Wisconsin placed fifth with a 6:04.

"The freshmen had a spectacular row against the top three seeds in Washington, Cal and Harvard," said Friedrich. "They went after those crews and showed the best speed they have had all year. We have more walk-ons in that boat than any other school, so it's great to see and they will be even better next year."

Varsity Eight - Semifinal 1
1. Washington - 5:40
2. Cal - 5:41
3. Princeton - 5:43
4. Stanford - 5:47
5. Navy - 5:51
6. Wisconsin - 5:52

Varsity Open 4 - Semifinal 1
1. Washington - 6:28
2. Brown - 6:35
3. Navy - 6:37
4. Wisconsin - 6:39
5. Harvard - 6:41
6. Gonzaga - 7:03

Varsity 4 - Semifinal 2
1. California - 6:25
2. Boston University - 6:27
3. Cornell - 6:32
4. Navy - 6:33
5. Colgate - 6:42
6. Syracuse - 6:46

Freshman Eight - Semifinal 1
1. Washington - 5:50
2. Harvard - 5:54
3. California - 5:56
4. Navy - 6:01
5. Wisconsin - 6:04
6. Dartmouth - 6:24

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