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Lightweight Rowing Opens Competition at IRA National Championship

June 2, 2017

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Navy lightweight rowing team opened action at the 2017 IRA National Championships with three races on Friday. Competing on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California, the Mids advanced to grand finals in two of their three races. Navy’s varsity four and varsity four without coxswain boats highlighted the teams’ effort at the national event.

"Our heats today generally turned out positive with some great efforts across the board," remarked head coach Shawn Bagnall. "The first varsity eight ran into the fastest heat and a burner of a race, but ran the best first 1500 meters of a race we've had this year. The rhythm and composure definitely came off when the field started to stretch out and we hope to address that in the final on Sunday."

The varsity four with a coxswain competed in the second heat on Friday and dominated the six-team field with a final time of 6:33.233. The Mids outclassed Dartmouth and the rest of its competition by 5.589 seconds as the Big Green clocked in at 6:38.822. Navy advances to Sunday’s 12:10 p.m. grand final.

The varsity four without a coxswain also showed strongly in its initial race of the national meet as Navy came in third place with a time of 6:30.650. While Harvard was the class of the field at 6:20.356, Penn, Navy and Columbia were tightly packed between second and fourth place between 6:27.784 and 6:32.268. The Mids will next race again on Sunday morning at 11:20 a.m. in the grand final.

"The racing by our guys in the varsity 4+ and varsity 4- was outstanding, and it was awesome to see our varsity 4+ win their heat, posting the fastest time of the day," said Bagnall. "The varsity 4- had a battle to qualify for the Grand Final, but really stood tall in the last 500 meters to get the job done. All three boats will be fun to watch race on Sunday and we look forward to closing out the year on a very positive note."



The first varsity eight raced in a high-level race in heat two as Penn, Yale and Harvard advanced to the grand final with results between 5:48.994 to 5:50.976. Navy clocked in fourth place for the heat with a time of 5:57.222. As a result of Friday’s effort the Mids will race at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday in the petite final.

All three teams will practice tomorrow before getting back into championship action on Sunday.


Varsity Eight
Heat 2
Penn – 5:48.994
Yale – 5:50.512
Harvard – 5:50.976
Navy – 5:57.222 

Varsity Four w/Coxswain
Heat 2
Navy – 6:33.233
Dartmouth – 6:38.822
Penn – 6:40.821
Yale – 6:46.951
MIT – 6:54.464
Georgetown – 7:01.029 

Varsity Four w/o Coxswain
Heat 2
Harvard – 6:20.356
Penn – 6:27.784
Navy – 6:30.650
Columbia – 6:32.268
Yale – 6:39.790

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