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Heavyweight Crew Completes IRA National Championship in 13th Place

June 4, 2017

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Navy heavyweight crew program concluded its 2017 season with day three action at the IRA National Championship on Sunday. Racing in one grand final, one petite final and two third finals at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California, the Mids came away with two top-eight results and an overall team placement of 13th in the nation.

Navy’s third varsity eight was the Mids’ highest placed boat as it raced in the grand final on Sunday. With a chance to medal, Navy laid it all on the line and was in the mix throughout the 2,000-meter course. Over time, Washington (5:47.289) and Harvard (5:49.357) pulled away from the six-team field. The final four boats went in order with California (5:50.915) taking the bronze medal with Yale (5:51.626), Princeton (5:52.739) and Navy (5:54.981) close behind.

"Our 3V really gave a great effort in the grand final,” remarked head coach Rob Friedrich. “They were ahead of Princeton for half the race and right with Yale and Cal through the 1000m mark. It was a tight final from top to bottom and we were right in the mix."

The Mids’ varsity four gave Navy its second top-eight effort as Navy competed in the petite final. EARC foes Harvard and Navy were the class of the six teams in the contest as the rivals were more than five seconds ahead of the last four teams. Down the stretch, Harvard was able to add some separation between itself and Navy. The Crimson held on for the 2.204-second victory at 6:34.277 to 6:36.481. Marist took third place in the heat at 6:41.890. Overall, Navy’s V4 ranks eighth best in the nation.

"Our V4 also had a great race and showed some great fight in their final, hanging right with Harvard all the way down the course," said Friedrich.

The first of Navy’s two third final competitions on Sunday saw the team’s second varsity crew do battle versus six teams for places 13 through 18 overall in the nation. After breaking in the middle of the pack over the first half of the race, the Mids flashed high-level closing speed over the second half and edged out Syracuse at the line for a .025-second advantage at 5:52.268 to 5:52.293. Wisconsin won the heat and finished in 13th place at 5:51.173.



"Our 2V had their best race of the year, rowing through Columbia, then Stanford and sprinting through Syracuse at the line,” exclaimed Friedrich. We were really proud of their speed today."

The last event of the day for Navy was the third final for the first varsity eight crew. George Washington found in fairly clear space on its way to a 2.644-second victory in the heat. Navy meanwhile found itself in a five-way clash for spots two through six. Stanford ended up atop the five-way pack at 5:44.283, while Navy held off Columbia for third place at 5:46.019 to 5:46.524. Florida Tech (5:46.829) and Drexel (5:48.900) rounded out the heat. Navy’s V8 finishes the 2017 season ranked 16th overall in the nation.

"All of our boats raced well and placed higher than our seeds,” remarked Friedrich. “The varsity eight did not have their best race but showed a lot of guts over the weekend. Racing hard on the first two days definitely took its toll in the finals."

In the Ten Eyck team points standings, Washington won the team title with 211 total points, knocking off Yale (195) and Harvard (187). Teams garnered points for their V8, 2V8 and 3V8 boat results. Navy finished 13th overall with 74 points.


Varsity Eight

Third Final
George Washington – 5:41.639
Stanford – 5:44.283
Navy – 5:46.019 (16th overall)
Columbia – 5:46.524
Florida Tech – 5:46.829
Drexel – 5:48.900 

Second Varsity Eight

Third Final
Wisconsin – 5:51.173
Navy – 5:52.268 (14th overall)
Syracuse – 5:52.293
Columbia – 5:56.445
Stanford – 5:56.566
Hobart – 6:03.126 

Third Varsity Eight

Grand Final
Washington – 5:47.289
Harvard – 5:49.357
California – 5:50.915
Yale – 5:51.626
Princeton – 5:52.739
Navy – 5:54.981 (6th overall) 

Varsity Four

Petite Final
Harvard – 6:34.277
Navy – 6:36.481 (8th overall)
Marist – 6:41.890
Wisconsin – 6:46.591
MIT – 6:47.503
Dartmouth – 6:47.676

Boat Lineups 

First Varsity 8

Cox: Nick Street, Stroke: Scott Gibson, 7: Kevin Leyland, 6: John Lamb, 5: Brandon Sagawinia, 4: Andrew Knoll, 3: Alec Gould, 2: Sawyer Rogers, Bow: Gage Butler

Second Varsity 8

Cox: Eli Wood, Stroke: Michael Pentaleri, 7: Jonathan Wabeke, 6: Michael Palaski, 5: Zach Scholz, 4: Charlie Linder, 3: Klaus Payne, 2: Jack Gainer, Bow: Caleb Robertson

Third Varsity 8

Cox: Julia Foust, Stroke: Joseph Merkel,  7: George Gilliam, 6: Owen Firebaugh, 5: Matthew Bute, 4: Thor Gignac, 3: Jared Taintor, 2: John Heropolous, Bow: Dwayne Williams

Varsity Four
Cox: Elise Odom, Stroke: Jacob Klosowski, 3: Nathaniel Auzenbergs, 2: Evan Camp, Bow: Ryan Adair

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