Heavyweights Finish Season at IRA Regatta

Harry Picone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Harry Picone. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMDEN, N.J. – Three of Yale's four boats finished first in their second and third level finals on the last day of competition at the 109th IRA National Championship Regatta.  The Bulldog varsity four and freshman eight won the third level finals of their events on Saturday morning, followed by an inspired win by the Yale second varsity eight in the petite final.  The day ended with the varsity eight taking fourth in the petite final to finish 10th overall.

The varsity four began the morning with an open water win over Harvard in the third-level final.  The Bulldogs were over four seconds back from the Crimson in Thursday's second repechage but walked back on them Saturday to finish thirteenth overall.

Varsity Four Third Final

1. Yale 6:38.633

2. Harvard 6:41.101

3. California 6:41.400

4. BU 6:46.161

5. Hobart 6:46.627

6. Pennsylvania 6:52.896

7. Dartmouth 7:03.099

The Yale freshmen followed this up with another third final win.  Yale was less than a second back from Wisconsin in the petite final at Eastern Sprints, but this time it was the Bulldogs with their bow out in front of the Badgers as they crossed the finish line first for a thirteenth-place finish overall.

Freshman Eight Third Final

1. Yale 5:53.628

2. Wisconsin 5:54.333

3. Syracuse 5:54.648

4. Pennsylvania 6:02.392

5. Gonzaga 6:07.603

In the petite final of the second varsity eight event the Bulldogs again finished first, this time for a seventh-place finish overall.  Yale finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Brown, turning the tables on the Bears who finished 1.6 seconds ahead of Yale in the grand final at Sprints.  In winning the petite final the Bulldogs posted the fourth fastest time of all 15 second varsity eights racing in Saturday's finals, a time that would have challenged Wisconsin (5:46.485) for the bronze medal in the grand final.

Second Varsity Petite Final

1. Yale 5:46.992

2. Brown 5:49.190

3. Syracuse 5:51.263

4. BU 5:52.866

5. Pennsylvania 5:53.261

6. Navy 5:53.782

7. Dartmouth 6:02.877

Yale wrapped things up with the varsity eight racing in the petite final at 12:00 p.m.  Off the line it was Stanford out front with Yale drawing level around 200 meters in.  Going into the third 500 meters it was Stanford in first, Cornell in second and Yale fighting with Syracuse for third.  At the finish line it was clear Cornell had won it but less than two seconds separated top four boats.  The Bulldogs crossed the line fourth to finish 10th in the nation and improve on last year's 11th-place finish at the IRA Regatta.

Varsity Eight Petite Final

1. Cornell 5:41.526

2. Stanford 5:42.892

3. Syracuse 5:43.120

4. Yale 5:43.269

5. Navy 5:49.024

6. Georgetown 5:53.262

Full race results can be found here.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity