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Heavyweight Crew Posts Strong Results in Day Two at IRA National Championship

June 3, 2017

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Navy heavyweight rowing team had a strong quartet of performances on Saturday at the IRA National Championships. Racing in two A/B Semifinals and two C/D Semifinals at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California, the Mids came away with three results that will have them in the higher seeded finals on Sunday. Navy’s third varsity eight crew led the way as it qualified for its class’ Grand Final. The Mids’ first and second varsity eight crews turned in quality outcomes, as well that saw them advance into C Finals for Sunday. 

After a strong initial outing on Friday saw the Mids’ third varsity eight boat qualify directly into the A/B Semifinals, the team came out again on Saturday and turned in another top result. Racing in the second A/B Semifinal heat, Navy knew that it needed to finish top three to advance into Sunday’s Grand Final and the Mids did just that with a third-place result of 5:51.604. Harvard and Yale went one-two in the race at 5:44.579 and 5:45.430, respectively. The last three boats in the heat were over 4.5 seconds behind Navy’s pace. The Mids’ pursuit of an individual national championship boat title on Sunday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET. They are one of six boats, that’ll be vying for the 3V8 crown.

The varsity eight team was first on the water on Saturday as the Mids raced in the second C/D Semifinal. Needing to finish in the top three to advance into the C Final (places 13-18) on Sunday, Navy left little to question their C Final status as it won its heat with a time of 5:50.400. Challenged by George Washington and Stanford throughout, the Mids held off the Colonials by 0.97 seconds and the Cardinal by 1.38 seconds. The C Final is set to start at 2:50 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Navy’s second varsity eight crew succeeded in securing its place in Sunday’s C Final as well as the Mids battled with Stanford as the top two boats separated themselves from the six-boat field over the 2,000-meter course. The Cardinal came in first in the semifinal at 5:54.870, while the Mids clocked in at 5:56.851. Hobart was the third team to qualify for the C Final at 6:01.815. The 2V8 C Final is slated for a 1:20 p.m. ET start.



The Mids’ second A/B Semifinal action on Saturday saw its varsity four crew partake in the first heat. While Washington pulled away from the six-team field for a six-plus second victory, the middle boats in the heat, Boston, Brown, Marist and Navy found itself in a tight and competitive pack. Throughout the race all four teams were within striking distance of claiming a top-three position and a spot in Sunday’s Grand Final. Unfortunately for the Mids, Boston and Brown grabbed those last two advancement positions with times of 6:24.484 and 6:24.874, respectively. Marist and Navy finished in fourth and fifth at 6:25.801 and 6:27.918. As a result of their fifth-place finish, the Mids will race in the Petite Final on Sunday at 12:20 p.m. ET.

Both Navy’s heavyweight and lightweight programs will conclude their respective competitions at the national championship on Sunday with finals ranging from 11:10 a.m. ET through 3:05 p.m. ET.


Varsity Eight

C/D Semifinal 4
Navy – 5:50.400
George Washington – 5:51.370
Stanford – 5:51.780
Hobart – 5:57.920
Santa Clara – 5:58.850
UC San Diego – 6:07.870

Second Varsity Eight

C/D Semifinal 4
Stanford – 5:54.870
Navy – 5:56.851
Hobart – 6:01.815
Florida Tech – 6:04.350
Oregon State – 6:04.396
UC San Diego – 6:10.174

Third Varsity Eight

A/B Semifinal 2
Harvard – 5:44.579
Yale – 5:45.430
Navy – 5:51.604
Northeastern – 5:56.111
Dartmouth – 5:57.466
Cornell – 5:57.930 

Varsity Four

A/B Semifinal 1
Washington – 6:18.168
Boston Univ. – 6:24.484
Brown – 6:24.874
Marist – 6:25.801
Navy – 6:27.918
Dartmouth – 6:41.903

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