2017 IRA National Championships Ahead for Navy Heavyweight & Lightweight Squads
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Navy heavyweight and lightweight programs from Hubbard Hall have travelled across the country to begin preparation for the 115th installment of the IRA National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. The premier national event for men’s collegiate rowing kicks off on Friday and will run for three days. After heat and repechage racing on Friday begins the competition, semifinals are slated for Saturday before the championship finals go off on Sunday. In total, 24 programs will be contending for the heavyweight title, while 11 will race on the 2,000-meter course in search of lightweight glory.
The entire IRA Championship event will be webstreamed. Click here for links to VIDEO.
The action for Navy’s heavyweights begins at 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. – local PT) with heat one for the first varsity eight. Seeded 17th overall, the Mids will initially race versus Washington, Brown, Northeastern, Columbia and UC San Diego. One hour later at 12:30 p.m. ET, the 17th-seeded second varsity eight crew will hit the water for competition against Washington, Brown, Oregon State, George Washington and UC San Diego. The third varsity eight, who is seeded ninth overall, will be Navy’s final eight-man boat. The 3V8 is slate for heat racing at 1:10 p.m. ET versus Washington, Northeastern, St. Joseph’s and Stanford. The heavyweight varsity four is scheduled for a heat competition at 2:00 p.m. ET as one of five boats in the field of Dartmouth, Boston University, Brown and Marist.
All four heavyweight events will have repechage racing later on in the day on Friday from 5:00 p.m. ET to 7:10 p.m. ET. Only the top two boats in each of the V8, 2V8 and 3V8 races automatically advance to the semifinals, while the remaining boats race again in the repechages. For the V4 competition, only the heat winner advances to the semifinals.
Navy’s lightweight team has entered its first varsity eight crew, as well as a four-man with coxswain boat and four-man without a coxswain boat in the championship. With a smaller field, the lightweights will race in just an initial heat competition on Friday before advancing to championship final action on Sunday. The Mids’ heat schedule on Friday consists of a first varsity eight race at 12:20 p.m. ET against Harvard, Penn and Yale. The V4+ event is slated for 2:50 p.m. ET versus Penn, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Yale and MIT. The V4- race rounds the lightweights’ day at 3:10 p.m. Navy will compete against Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Yale.
In all three lightweight heat races, the top three boats will advance to the grand finals with all others moving onto petite final action on Sunday.
Last year at the IRA National Championships at Mercer Lake, the heavyweights finished ninth in the team standings with 105 points. The Mids’ varsity eight boat came in fourth in the petite final to rank 10th overall. In lightweight action, Navy ranked seventh in the team standings with 20 points, while its varsity eight crew won the petite final to rank seventh overall nationally.
Friday Schedule (All Times ET)
11:30 a.m. – HWT Varsity 8
12:20 p.m. – LWT Varsity 8
12:30 p.m. – HWT Second Varsity 8
1:10 p.m. – HWT Third Varsity 8
2:00 p.m. – HWT Varsity 4+
2:50 p.m. – LWT Varsity 4+
3:10 p.m. – LWT Varsity 4-
5:00-7:10 p.m. – Repechage (HWT V8, HWT 2V8, HWT 3V8, HWT V4 ... LWT-Off)
12:25-3:05 p.m. – Semifinals (HWT V8, HWT 2V8, HWT 3V8, HWT V4 ... LWT-Off)
11:10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. - Finals