Men’s Rowing Concludes Season at IRA National Championship
Varsity 8 pushes through challenging conditions on final day of racing
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – On a rainy and windy morning on Mercer Lake, the George Washington men’s rowing team concluded its 2018 season on Sunday at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships.
After a strong start to IRAs, the Varsity 8 was ready to hit the water for the 3rd level final but was derailed due to unfavorable conditions on the water that featured some of the strongest wind the Colonials have faced this season. With the wind continuing to pick up, all races following the 3rd level final were canceled.
“Even though our Varsity 8 was able to get out on the water, the conditions were still pretty awful,” said head coach Mark Davis. “We ended up finishing last in that final in some extremely bad racing conditions. We’ve had a pretty solid weekend of racing before the final, so it was tough to end the regatta as we did. All boats were in the position to at least hold their seed or improve on it, but we didn’t get that opportunity because of the wind. Although this is the end of our season, the underclassmen will get back to work and will look to get better for next year.”
Saturday Repechage: 2nd of 6 – 5:54.719
Sunday Third-Level Final: 6th of 6 – 7:20.151
2nd Varsity 8
Saturday Repechage: 2nd of 5 – 6:07.398
3rd Varsity 8
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