June 5, 2008

Yale Finishes Day One of Racing at IRAs

June 5, 2008

CAMDEN, N.J. - The Yale men's lightweight crew completed their first day of racing at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships on Thursday. The crew had four boats entered in the regatta, though only three of them raced. The varsity will race on Saturday only.

The freshman eight started out the day entered in the heavyweight freshman eight event. They competed in the second heat against Harvard, Wisconsin, Northeastern, Navy and George Washington. Yale finished in fourth place.

Men's Freshman Eight Heat 2:

Harvard 5:59.938
Wisconsin 6:03.061
Northeastern 6:03.278
Yale 6:13.976
Navy 6:15.757
George Washington 6:29.969

The top two finishers in each heat earned spots in the A/B semifinals on Friday and a chance to qualify for the grand final on Saturday. The rest of the boats were then reseeded for Thursday afternoon repechages. To earn a spot in the A or B semifinal, Yale would need to win their repechage. They did just that. Yale beat Gonzaga, Dartmouth and Penn.

Men's Freshman Eight Repechage 1:

Yale 6:04.444
Gonzaga 6:05.161
Dartmouth 6:11.488
Penn 6:23.503

The freshman will race in the B semifinal for a shot at the grand final on Friday at 1:12 p.m.

Yale's other two boats were varsity fours without coxswain. The were both entered in the same heat alongside Georgetown, Boston, Minnesota and M.I.T. Yale finished the race in the top two spots.

Men's Varsity Four w/o Coxswain Heat 2:

Yale 6:24.474
Yale 6:37.190
Georgetown 6:42.495
Boston 6:48.704
Minnesota 6:51.319
M.I.T. 7:02.356

First place in each heat automatically earned a bid to the final while the rest of the boats will race in the repechages on Friday. Yale's second boat will race in a 9:48 a.m. repechage on Friday against M.I.T., Boston, Wisconsin and Brown.

Both the freshman semifinal and varsity four repechages can be listened to online by clicking here.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity

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