May 31, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy lightweight rowing team will take part in its final regatta of the season on Sunday when it competes at the IRA National Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The Mids will have entries in both the varsity eight and varsity four events that will be held on the 2000-meter course.
Qualifying for the national championship for the first time since 2011 in both disciplines, the varsity eight will begin competition in heat one at 8:00 a.m. before the varsity four crew will take to the water in heat action that begins at 8:30 a.m. The finals for the V4 and V8 will be later in the day with the petite and grand finals for the fours being held at 10:00 and 10:20 a.m., while the eight petite final will go off at 10:30 a.m. and the grand final at 12:20 p.m.
"Our Mids are honored to be back representing the Naval Academy at the National Championship this weekend,” said head coach Shawn Bagnall. “Having been away from this regatta for a couple years, qualification was a small, positive step in the forward progress of our team, and a great way for our 1/C athletes to leave their mark on the program. We look forward to bringing our best to Mercer on Sunday, and rooting on our brothers on the heavyweight team in their racing."
There will a total of eight boats competing in varsity eight action, while 13 schools are entered into the varsity four championships. Navy will be joined in the V8 competition by Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Yale. Drexel, Georgetown, Milwaukee, Penn and Wisconsin join the previously mentioned schools in the V4 field.
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta is the oldest collegiate crew championship in the country and remains the premier event for national rowing honors.