Lightweights Set Sights on IRA National Championships

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a fourth-place finish at Eastern Sprints, the Yale lightweight crew team is looking to improve at the IRA National Championships held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Competing against the Bulldogs will be the remaining top seven finishers from the Eastern Sprints.

Yale first races in a seven-boat heat Saturday at 7:00 AM. Since there are only seven boats competing because one qualifier did not claim their bid, all seven crews will advance to the grand final. The heat will be used to assign lanes in the final, which will be held at 12:30 PM.

The Bulldogs have been hard at work in the three weeks since Sprints. Last year, Yale finished in third place at Sprints and successfully used the three weeks to move ahead of Harvard and Dartmouth and claim the national championship by 0.02 seconds. Yale will be looking to finish the year strong and defend its national championship title.

In addition to the varsity eight, the lightweights will race two coxed fours. One four will race in the lightweight four event, which will feature 10 crews. The Bulldogs will face crews from Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Milwaukee School of Engineering, MIT, Navy and Wisconsin. 

The second Yale four will race in the varsity four event against heavyweight crews. The varsity four first races in heats on Thursday at 10:15 AM against Brown, Holy Cross, Temple and Washington. The top three crews will  advance to the semis on Friday, while the remaining crews race in the reps Thursday afternoon.

A full race schedule can be found here.

Live video of the event will be provided by the ECAC, in conjunction with Community Structure and Stretch Internet. Video coverage can be found here.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity