Men's Rowing Places 15th at IRA National Championship
Varsity 8 wins Third-Level Final to equal best finish in program history
Official Results | Final Standings
SACRAMENTO - All three entries either tied or beat their respective seeding as the George Washington men's rowing team concluded its 2017 season on Sunday afternoon at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on Lake Natoma. GW concludes the 2017 season with a final national ranking of No. 15.
Sunday highlights included the Varsity 8 winning the Third-Level Final to tie the best finish in program history at No. 14 in the nation.
The 2nd Varsity 8 rowed in a competitive Petite Final to notch a program-best national ranking of 12th.
The 3rd Varsity 8 rounded out GW's entries with a third-place showing in the Third-Level Final to clinch a final national ranking of No. 15.
"This was a really solid weekend of racing for our program," said head coach Mark Davis. "All three of our boats had some really good races at some points. The IRA Championships is a tough weekend and it is really hard to have great performances every single time out with four races in a weekend. It is a challenge. Our goal is to always have high-quality races and if we don't, to not let one misstep affect us to bad. And that is what we saw all weekend. We had some great racing and I am really proud of this group for coming together and to finish the season on a high note."
Lineup: Ellee Watson (c), Ben Delaney, Jonathan Ghaul, Ross Burnaman, Bob Hobert, Max Reisser, Joe Gorman, Brendan Keegans, Kevin Garvis
Saturday Repechage: 3rd of 4 - 5:58.24
Sunday Third-Level Final: 1st of 6 - 5:41.63
Final Rank: 14th in nation (tied for best in program history)
Coach Davis on the V8: "They had a rough heat and a rough rep and they were really psyched up trying to make the A/B Semifinal. To their credit, they really rebounded and realized they had an opportunity to improve on the ranking. They started focusing on the things in front of them. The semifinal was a really strong performance ahead of the best performance of the weekend in the third-level final which was a win by open water. It was a great performance by those guys, particularly the seniors, it was a good way for them to go out and it was very nice to see."
2nd Varsity 8
Lineup: Jess Hagler (c), Josh Nothnagel, Matt Kerwin, Colin Burns, Hugh Tribe, Calvin Hamilton, Jay Jacobs, John Knies, Devin Hisarli
Saturday Repechage: 1st of 4 - 6:04.34
Sunday Petite Final: 6th of 6 - 6:03.44
Final Rank: 12th in nation (best in program history)
Coach Davis on the 2V8: "The 2V8 really had strong races in both the heats and the reps to get into the A/B Semifinal, which is a great feat for them. It was a great performance in the semifinal for them where they finished second. The final wasn't their best race but if you look at their performance throughout the year it was really an amazing run."
3rd Varsity 8
Lineup: Berkley Melvin (c), Alastair Watson, Reed Shrontz, Andy Green, Brendan Carney, John Alvarino, Loren Bremmer, Petter Bang-Andreasen, Maddux Castle
Saturday Repechage: 4th of 6 - 6:07.48
Sunday Third-Level Final: 3rd of 6 - 5:57.44
Final Rank: 15th in nation
Coach Davis on the 3V8: "The 3V8 had a rough heat but came back and had a great rep in the Varsity 8's boat due to some hardware issues. They got some great confidence by performing well in a boat they have never rowed before. The semifinal wasn't the best performance but they shook it off and really rowed a strong final to finish 15th in the nation."
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