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Four Heavyweight Crews Finish in Top-10 at IRA National Championships

Four of five Navy boats finished in the top ten at Sunday's finals

Final Results

Ten Eyck Team Standings

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy heavyweight rowing program concluded its three day stay at the IRA National Championships with five final races on Mercer Lake on Sunday. Led by the second varsity eight team’s performance in the grand final and three other top-three outcomes in petite finals, the Mids had four of their five boats earned top-ten national rankings.

“We could have raced better today,” said head coach Rob Friedrich. “I thought our lower boats raced up to their potential and that's all we could ask of them. The V4 had a great row winning their Petite Final by a solid margin. The varsity and 2V were disappointed by their rows and we let the pressure get to us. They are young guys and will learn from the experience.”

After earning a spot in Sunday’s grand final as a result of a strong showing in Saturday’s semifinal, Navy’s second varsity eight crew battled with the nation’s six fastest opponents and came in sixth with a time of 5:54.403. After California flexed its muscle as the champion at 5:42.880, the next five finishers all completed the 2000-meter course between the times of 5:45.133 (Princeton) and 5:54.403 (Navy).

Following closely behind the sixth-place overall finish by the 2V8 boat, the Mids’ varsity four crew won the petite final for an overall placement of seventh nationally. Navy dominated the race throughout and cruised to a 3.54-second victory over MIT by 6:38.601 to 6:42.141 margin.

The program’s next highest finisher was its freshman eight boat that took second in the event’s petite final with a time of 6:11.264. George Washington won the petite final of F8 racing at 6:05.587.

In third varsity eight action, Cornell was the victor in the petite final that saw the top four boats all separated by approximately three seconds in each place. Cornell (5:53.343) and Yale (5:56.798) finished ahead of the third-place Navy boat. The Mids set down a time of 5:59.887 to complete the competition ninth overall.

The varsity eight crew was the final squad to compete on Sunday and the Mids recorded a 5:51.168 result to finish sixth in the petite final and 12th overall in the nation. In a closely-grouped race where all six boats finished within 10 seconds, Northeastern took the race with a time of 5:41.463. Navy was edged out of a fifth-place finish by Wisconsin, who timed in at 5:49.467.

“We are only graduating five rowers and one coxswain from our IRA squad, so we are looking towards the future,” remarked Friedrich about his departing senior class. “With that said, our seniors (Ethan Palmer, Alex Hayano, Jordan Bowman, Grant Buckley and AJ Blazevic) were the ones to get us to this point. They had the best finish of any freshmen boat (2011) in the last decade and their leadership was key all season. They are now off to Marine Corps training camp, Navy Flight School and Nuke Power School before heading to the fleet. We wish them all fair winds and following seas.”


First Varsity Eight

Petite Final

  1. Northeastern – 5:41.463
  2. Cornell – 5:43.291
  3. Boston University – 5:45.653
  4. Columbia – 5:46.515
  5. Wisconsin -5:49.467
  6. Navy – 5:51.168

Second Varsity Eight

Grand Final

  1. California – 5:42.880
  2. Princeton – 5:45.133
  3. Washington – 5:46.282
  4. Brown – 5:48.470
  5. Northeastern – 5:51.269
  6. Navy – 5:54.403

Third Varsity Eight

Petite Final

  1. Cornell – 5:53.343
  2. Yale – 5:56.798
  3. Navy – 5:59.887
  4. Dartmouth – 6:02.202
  5. Syracuse – 6:02.229
  6. Penn – 6:07.405

Varsity Four

Petite Final

  1. Navy – 6:38.601
  2. MIT – 6:42.141
  3. Northeastern – 6:42.402
  4. Colgate – 6:44.644
  5. Temple – 6:46.108
  6. Princeton – 6:49.301

Freshman Eight

Petite Final

  1. George Washington – 6:05.587
  2. Navy – 6:11.264
  3. Columbia – 6:14.260
  4. Drexel – 6:15.686
  5. Penn – 6:20.412



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