GW Men's Rowing Wraps Day 2 at IRA Nationals
Colonials' Race Three Boats to Set Sunday's Finals Seeding
May 31, 2014
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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The George Washington men's rowing team competed in three races on Saturday on day two of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships on Lake Mercer and has determined seeding for Sunday's finals.
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.
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