CAMDEN, N.J. – The second day of racing at the IRA National Championships today brought some rough conditions and weather delays to the Cooper River. After delaying races for an hour and fifteen minutes to let a storm roll through, two of Yale's heavyweight crews competed in their respective semifinals and both the Yale varsity eight and the Yale freshman eight will now race in Saturday's petite finals.
In the second of two freshman eight semifinals the Yale freshmen took fifth place. The Cal freshman eight got out to an early lead, and the Bulldogs put up a good fight through the first 1000 meters at which point only a little more than two seconds separated the next three crews. In the end Cal would cross the line first in a time of 6:10.814, with the other qualifying spots going to Brown (6:20.831) and Cornell (6:23.108). Yale posted a time of 6:28.428 for fifth, finishing in contact with Princeton (6:25.936).
The freshmen will race in tomorrow's petite final at 10:00 a.m. against BU, Dartmouth, Navy Princeton and Wisconsin.
Breakage in the Navy varsity eight and alignment issues delayed the start of the second of two varsity eight semifinals even further. When the race finally went off Washington got a lead right from the start and would go on to win the semifinal with a time of 6:14.951. The other two qualifying spots for the grand final went to BU (6:19.018) and Cal (6:25.350). The Bulldogs finished sixth with a time of 6:38.917.
The varsity eight will race in tomorrow's petite final at 11:30 a.m. against Cornell, Navy, Princeton, Penn and Wisconsin.
The Yale junior varsity eight will also race tomorrow in the third level final at 9:40 a.m. Here the Bulldogs will race against Dartmouth, Drexel and Gonzaga.
Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity