IRA National Championships Begin Thursday for Heavyweight Rowers
May 30, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy heavyweight rowing team will bring the 2012 season to a close this week when it travels to Camden, N.J., for the IRA National Championships. The three-day event will begin Thursday and conclude on Saturday.
Trial heats will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning on the Cooper River. Navy will have five boats competing in the event, including the first and second varsity eight crews, the freshman eight, varsity four and open four.
Navy's varsity eight crew is seeded seventh out of 18 boats.
About the IRA National Championships
The IRA Championships consists of heats, repechage (second chance races), semifinals and finals. In the varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshman eight trial heats, the two fastest crews from each heat advance to the semifinal races. The top three crews in the varsity four heats advance to the semifinals, while just one boat from each of the two open four heats will advance to the grand final.
The boats that do not advance to the semifinals from their trial heats drop to a repechage race, where the top three boats will gain entry back into the semifinals. The crews outside the top three will compete in the third final. In the semis, the top three crews advance to the six-boat grand final, while the remaining boats will compete in the petite final.
Last Year at the IRA National Championships
As a team, Navy placed 10th, tying its best finish since 2006. The varsity eight placed 11th, while the freshman crew took seventh, which was its highest finish since 2002. The Mids' varsity and open four boats both placed fourth.