Varsity Eight Makes Big Push in Opening Heat of IRA Regatta

CAMDEN, N.J. – Yale's varsity eight opened up the 108th IRA Regatta with a big push over four of its five opponents, automatically sending the Bulldogs to tomorrow's semifinals. The varsity will be joined by the second varsity and the open four in the semifinals. The freshmen will race in the third level final on Saturday. 

The Yale varsity kicked off the regatta in the first heat of the morning. The Bulldogs grabbed the second of two automatic spots in the semifinals by finishing ahead of third-place Cornell by 3.325 seconds.

  1. California 5:31.944
  2. Yale 5:33.984
  3. Cornell 5:37.309
  4. Brown 5:41.613
  5. Northeastern 5:49.264
  6. Oregon State 6:16.177

The Yale varsity will race in tomorrow's all-Ivy semifinal against Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown and Princeton at 12:30 p.m.

The second varsity raced twice today, first in the heats and again in the repechage since it did not automatically qualify for the semifinals. The eight placed fourth in its morning heat behind Brown, Cornell and Syracuse and ahead of Pennsylvania. The afternoon's repechage saw it finish second behind BU and ahead of Columbia, Dartmouth, Navy and Pennsylvania. The eight will race in the second semifinal at noon tomorrow against Wisconsin, Washington, Brown, Princeton and Syracuse.

The open four finished third in its morning heat to Washington and Oregon State but ahead of Navy and Dartmouth. The four automatically qualified for tomorrow's semifinals and will race at 9:30 a.m. against Harvard, Washington, Cornell, Brown and Navy.

The freshman eight will race in Saturday's third final at 8:12 a.m. They finished fifth in their morning heat and were sent to the repechage where they finished fourth and missed the cut for the semifinals.

Full race results can be found here

Spectators will be able to listen to live racing tomorrow by clicking here

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity. 

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