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Lightweights Prepare for National Championship

Lightweights Prepare for National Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Since competing at the EARC Eastern Sprints earlier this month, 19 rowers and coxswains have returned to New Haven to continue training for the annual IRA National Championship Regatta being held at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. Yale has entered its first varsity eight, a coxed four and coxless four at this year's IRA. The eight will be competing for the title of 2018 National Champions against EARC opponents and the Dad Vail champions Mercyhurst. The coxed fours will challenge EARC opponents, as well as crews from Bates, Fairfield and Temple. The fours will contend for the title of "IRA champion". Last year, the lightweights' trip to the IRA National Championship was highlighted by a bronze medal finish in the varsity eight, after coming into the regatta seeded sixth nationally. This year, The Elis face a similar challenge, as Yale finished seventh in the varsity event three weeks ago at the EARC Eastern Sprints.

Racing takes place from Friday to Sunday, with the lightweights racing their heats on Friday and finals Sunday. The first race of Friday morning will be for the eight, who will be racing Cornell, Penn and Princeton. 

Yale's fours entries draw on athletes who had competed in all three Jope Cup crews at the Eastern Sprints. After the eight is the coxed four, facing entries from Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Princeton. The straight four heat will be the Y150's last race of Friday morning, with the crew competing against Harvard, MIT, Penn and Princeton. For all three events, Yale must finish in the top three to advance to the grand final.

Full race schedule can be found here.

Video will be streamed here.

Report Filed by Yale Sports Publicity