Navy Heavyweight Rowing Cruises on Day Two of IRAs
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Navy heavyweight rowing team had a strong showing on Saturday morning at the IRA National Championship in a trio of C/D Semifinal races at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Looking to qualify for the C Finals on Sunday, the Mids’ first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four crews went three-for-three in achieving that goal with two victories and a runner-up finish.
The progression into the C Finals required teams to finish within the top-three of each race on Saturday and Navy’s second varsity eight and first varsity four boats left little up for debate as the respective squads won their races. The second varsity eight notched a dominant 4.454-second margin of victory over the field in C/D Semifinal 4. Clocking in at 5:58.327, the Mids saw Stanford (6:02.781) and Temple (6:05.031) come in behind and claim the final two advancement positions. Navy’s 2V8 will complete their weekend at the IRAs with a Third Level C Final at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday.
The Mids’ varsity four crew was also victorious on Saturday as it was part of a three-boat breakaway. Posting a winning time of 6:42.713, Navy held off MIT by 2.019 seconds as the Engineers came in at 6:44.732. Marietta College was the third team in the fight over the 2,000-meter race at 6:44.749. The V4 will conclude action on Sunday in the C Final at 10:11 a.m.
Navy’s first varsity eight crew was the third boat to race on Saturday. The Mids’ V8 finished comfortably in a top-three advancement position with a runner-up result of 5:56.551. Penn won C/D Semifinal 4 with a time of 5:53.853. Florida Tech earned the final spot in the top-three at 5:58.464. Navy’s top varsity crew will race again on Sunday in the C Final at 8:33 a.m.
Navy’s third varsity eight team was idle on Saturday and will race in the C Final at 8:47 a.m. on Sunday.
The Third Level C Final for all respective events will nationally rank teams 13 through 18.
First Varsity Eight
C/D Semifinal 4
Penn – 5:53.853
Navy – 5:56.551
Florida Tech – 5:58.464
Temple – 6:01.310
Marist – 6:01.628
San Diego – 6:10.645
Next Up: Third Level Final at 8:33 AM
Second Varsity Eight
C/D Semifinal 4
Navy – 5:58.327
Stanford – 6:02.781
Temple – 6:05.031
Oregon State – 6:05.653
UC San Diego – 6:19.507
Next Up: Third Level Final at 8:40 AM
Third Varsity Eight
Off on Saturday
Next Up: Third Level Final at 8:47 AM
C/D Semifinal 3
Navy – 6:42.713
MIT – 6:44.732
Marietta College – 6:44.749
Milwaukee School of Engineering – 6:53.186
Syracuse – 7:02.711
Next Up: Third Level Final at 10:11 AM