June 6, 2008

Varsity Fours Advance to Grand Final of IRAs

June 6, 2008

CAMDEN, N.J. - The second day of racing at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships is over, and the Bulldog's freshman eight and varsity fours are through to the finals. The varsity eight will race their semifinal and final on Saturday.

The varsity fours without coxswain started the day off for the lightweights. After yesterday's heats, Yale's "A" boat was automatically sent to Saturday's grand final, but the "B" boat had to race in the repechages. The top two boats in each repechage moved on to the grand final while the bottom three were placed in the petite final. Yale finished in second place behind Wisconsin.

Men's Varisty Four w/o Coxswain Repechage 2:

Wisconsin 6:31.388
Yale 6:32.745
Brown 6:36.726
Boston 6:49.120
M.I.T. 7:02.984

Both of Yale's varsity fours will race in the grand final on Saturday morning at 10:24 a.m. They will race against Wisconsin, Navy, Cornell and Harvard.

The only other Yale boat to race was the freshman eight. After winning their repechage on Thursday, the Bulldogs were placed in the second semifinal on Friday. Yale finished fifth in their semifinal.

Men's Freshman Eight Semi-Final 2:

Harvard 5:40.692
Brown 5:41.105
Yale "A" 5:45.130
Stanford 5:47.720
Yale "B" 5:51.876
Northeastern 5:55.258

The freshman eight will race in the petite final Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. They will race against Navy, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Stanford and Northeastern.

Full results from all races can be found here.

Tomorrow's races can be listened to live by clicking here.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity