FOLSOM, Calif. - Continuing with their championship season, the Yale lightweight squad has set up camp at Lake Natoma in sunny California in preparation for the IRA National Championship Regatta to be held this weekend. Unlike the Eastern Sprints, the IRA has two weigh-ins over three days, with heats taking place on Friday and finals on Sunday.
The Elis have entries in the varsity eight, coxed four and straight four categories. The eight competes for the title of 2019 National Champions against challengers from the EARC. The fours compete for the title of IRA Champions.
After a successful varsity and team performance at the EARC Eastern Sprints Regatta, the varsity eight comes in seeded second nationally, beginning their competition at the regatta in the first lane of the second heat. The varsity eight must qualify for the grand final by being one of the top three finishers in their heat, lining up against No. 3 Navy, No. 6 Georgetown and No. 7 Cornell.
The coxed and coxless four events require a top three spot in the heat to qualify for the final as well. The coxless four will start off the weekend in the first heat of the day on Friday morning, facing off against Dartmouth, Princeton, Harvard and Cornell. The varsity eight will compete shortly after. The Friday heats for the coxed four will finish off the first day of racing for the lightweights, lining up with Dartmouth, Navy, Pennsylvania and Cornell.
Full race schedule can be found here.
Video will be streamed here.