GW Men's Rowing Sends Four Boats to IRA National Championships
Colonials to Open Racing on Friday on Lake Mercer
May 29, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's rowing team will enter four boats in this weekend's Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey.
The Colonials will race a Varsity 8, JV8, Freshmen 8 and Varsity 4 in the 112th installment of the prestigious event, which features the top crews in the country and crowns the winner of the Varsity 8 Grand Final as the National Champion.
Last season, GW's Varsity 8 tied its best-ever finish at the event by placing 15th overall, while the Freshmen 8 finished in 10th place overall at the event on Lake Natamo in Sacramento, California.
GW's Varsity 8 and JV8 each hold national rankings of No. 17 entering the weekend, while the Freshmen 8 is ranked No. 7 in the latest IRA Heavyweight Rankings published on May 26.
Racing commences with Friday's morning heats followed by repechages in the afternoon. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday morning with the grand, petite, third-level and fourth-level finals on Sunday.
The top two boats in both the Varsity 8 and JV8 heats will automatically advance to Saturday's semifinals while the remaining boats will row in Friday afternoon's repechage.
For the Freshmen 8, the winner of each heat will automatically advance to Sunday's Grand Final while the remaining crews will row in Friday afternoon's repechage.
In the Varsity 4 heat, the top two teams will advance to Saturday's semifinals while the remaining boats will row in the repechage on Friday afternoon for a chance to advance to the semifinals.
The Colonials' Varsity 8 will row against Cornell, Washington, Yale, Dartmouth and UC San Diego in Friday's heat. The 24-team Varsity 8 field also includes Hobart, Colorado, Harvard, Northeastern, Penn, Drexel, Syracuse, Wisconsin, California, Boston University, Oregon State, Gonzaga, Florida Institute of Technology, Brown, Princeton, Holy Cross and Stanford.
The JV8 will face Wisconsin, California, Boston University, Oregon State and FIT in its heat, while the Freshmen 8 will take on Drexel, Wisconsin, California, Brown and Colorado.
The Varsity 4 will line up against Wisconsin, Georgetown, Loyola, Penn and Northeastern in its Friday morning heat.
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