National Championship Races Set for Sunday
WEST WINDSOR, N.J.- The IRA National Championships continued this morning in fine fashion for the Yale Heavyweights with all three boats qualifying for their respective grand final. All three have a chance to win a national rowing title tomorrow morning on Lake Mercer.
Due to weather conditions, Sunday's racing schedule has been condensed to seven-minute centers. Please check here (http://ira.qra.org) for the most up-to-date schedule.
The varsity boat had a strong showing, winning its semi by a comfortable boat length over Harvard, which was the second qualifying crew. The Bulldogs look to defend their national title tomorrow morning at 7:30. Yale lines up against Washington, a crew that finished second last year by 0.069 seconds and is currently the No. 1 seed, Brown, Harvard, California, and Princeton.
Yale's 2V finished a boat length up from the field as well, crossing the line with clear water back to the second finisher, Harvard. The 2V goes for the title at 7:51 AM facing California, Washington, Harvard, Princeton, and Northeastern. Washington won this event last year.
In Yale's final race of the day on Saturday, the 3V finished third in its semifinal and secured a spot in a championship race that begins at 7:58 AM. They go head-to-head with Washington, Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University, and California. Washington won this event last year.
Yale Assistant Coach Mike Gennaro said, "it was a good day for Yale, all three boats are in the final and that was the goal. It's a long, three-day regatta, which makes it important to keep momentum going and spirits high. You can't win the final if you aren't in it."
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