GW Men's Rowing Wraps Day 2 at IRA Nationals
Colonials' Race Three Boats to Set Sunday's Finals Seeding
May 31, 2014
Official Results | Sunday Schedule | Regatta Central
With a second-place finish in the Varsity 8 3rd/4th level semifinal, the Colonials have guaranteed an opportunity to equal or better the program's best-ever finish at the event in Sunday's Third-Level Final.
With a strong cross wind and choppy water, the Varsity 8 navigated the 2,000-meter course in 6:13.31.
The Colonials held a narrow lead over FIT over the first 1,000 meters before falling back to second place in the final 500 meters. FIT won in 6:11.19 and Syracuse took third in 6:13.90 to join the Colonials in Sunday's Third-Level final. Hobart followed in fourth place in 6:14.75 with Gonzaga (6:25.46) and UC San Diego (6:30.94) taking fifth and sixth place, respectively.
A top-three finish on Sunday against Syracuse, Penn, FIT, Stanford and Oregon State guarantees a top-15 finish in the Varsity 8 standings. Last season the Colonials finished in 15th-place overall, tying the best mark in program history. The Third-Level Final will commence at 12:05 p.m.
The Freshmen 8 rowed in a very competitive repechage on Saturday morning, finishing just four seconds behind the first-place crew en route to a third-place finish in 6:01.00. Cornell won the repechage in 5:57.33 with Wisconsin taking second place in 5:59.02. The Colonials finished ahead of both Navy (6:16.02) and Drexel (6:31.69).
The Freshmen 8 can tie its seeding of No. 7 in the nation with a first-place finish in Sunday's Petite Final, which is scheduled to launch at 11:00 a.m. GW will be rowing against Drexel, Penn, Columbia and Navy.
The JV8 finished in fourth place out of six crews in its semifinal, completing the course in 6:20.53. Harvard won the semifinal in 6:16.23, followed by Gonzaga (6:18.63), Drexel (6:19.17), GW, Holy Cross (6:27.10) and FIT (6:30.96).
The JV8 will row in Sunday's Fourth-Level Final at 9:30 a.m. against Hobart, Holy Cross, Columbia, UC San Diego and FIT.
GW's Varsity 4 was idle on Saturday and will row in the Third-Level Final on Sunday at 8:50 a.m. against Loyola, Penn, Drexel, Darmouth and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.