GW Men's Rowing Concludes Season at IRA National Championships
Varsity 8 Ties Best IRA Finish In School History
June 2, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The George Washington men's rowing team concluded its season at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships on Sunday on Lake Natoma by having both the Varsity 8 and Freshmen 8 outperform their respective seeding.
"It was a great three days of racing for this team," said head coach Mark Davis. "Everything came together for us and we had our best racing of the year this weekend, which is exactly what we want at the National Championships."
The Varsity 8 tied its best finish in program history with a third-place showing in the Third-Level Final to clinch No. 15 in the country. The Colonials' varsity crew, who entered the weekend seeded at No. 22, also finished No. 15 overall at the 2009 installment of the event.
The Colonials were in second place through the first 1,500 meters but were edged out at the finish line by less than a second by Georgetown to take third place. Penn won in 5:54.36, followed by Georgetown (5:56.88), GW (5:57.37), Syracuse (6:00.13), Oregon State (6:02.61) and Florida Tech (6:03.01).
"I am very proud of the varsity crew," said Coach Davis. "They entered the weekend seeded 22nd and we finished 15th, just a half second off of No. 14. It was really great racing for the varsity crew and they really came together as a group and found their stride in the second half of the season."
The Freshmen 8 wrapped its impressive season with a fourth-place finish in the Petite Finals to clinch No. 10 in the country. Wisconsin (6:06.65) out-dueled Navy (6:08.46) for first place while Princeton (6:12.04) followed in third place. The Colonials navigated the course in 6:12.80, edging out Dartmouth (6:13.63) and Drexel (6:14.89) at the finish line.
"The freshmen crew had a great season and concluded it by finishing 10th in the country which is very impressive," said Coach Davis. "We are very excited to have them move up in class next season and see them improve over the next three years."
The freshmen crew won a total of eight races this season, including seven wins in a row entering Eastern Sprints on May 19th.
"I am very proud of the whole team," said Coach Davis. "The program is moving in the right direction and we will be ready to continue the climb after summer vacation."