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Varsity Eight Finishes Seventh at IRAs

David DeVries.
David DeVries.


FOLSOM, Calif. – The Yale heavyweight crew team closed out the weekend at the 111th IRA National Championships with its best finish in recent memory.  Yale's varsity eight had a thrilling come from behind win in the petite final to finish seventh overall, the best finish in the varsity eight category since the Bulldogs finished sixth in 2006.  The varsity four and second varsity eight finished eighth and 11th, respectively, both improvements over last year's finish in those events at the IRA.  The heavyweights will now head back east to prepare for the 148th Yale-Harvard Regatta held in New London, Conn., on Sunday, June 9.

Sunday began for the Bulldogs with the varsity four petite final.  Yale came through the 500-meter mark in second place behind FIT and held second position all the way down the course.  Yale crossed the line in second with a time of 6:42.695.


Order   Entry               Result

1          FIT                  6:40.136

2          Yale               6:42.695

3          Navy               6:44.646

4          Colgate           6:46.471

5          Pennsylvania   6:49.150

6          Syracuse         6:51.472

In the second varsity eight petite final the Bulldogs put up a good fight from lane six.  Penn had a quick start in lane five but Yale came through the Quakers in the third 500.  The Bulldogs would go on to finish fifth in front of Penn in sixth and bow-stern with Wisconsin in third and Syracuse in fourth. 


Order   Entry   Result

1          Harvard           5:59.812

2          Cornell            6:01.211

3          Wisconsin        6:04.382

4          Syracuse         6:05.232

5          Yale               6:07.715

6          Pennsylvania   6:12.552

The day ended for the Bulldogs with the running of the varsity eight petite final.  All six crews came off the start with very little separation in the opening section of the race, but Stanford started to get a lead on the field in the second 500 with Navy behind them and Yale in a close third.  The Bulldogs came past Navy in the third 500 and then went after Stanford, and with 250 meters to go Yale had its bow ball in front.  At the line it was Yale in first with a time of 5:46.85, a 1.4-second margin of victory over Stanford in second.


Order   Entry               Result

1          Yale              5:46.847

2          Stanford         5:48.246

3          Navy              5:51.213

4          Wisconsin       5:51.801

5          Cornell           5:52.098

6          BU                 5:52.817

The heavyweights will now return to the East Coast to prepare for the 148th Yale-Harvard Regatta next weekend.  The combination four race will take place the evening of June 8, while the third varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity eight races will take place the morning of June 9.  Races this year will be held upstream finishing in Bartlett's Cove.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity