Men’s Crew Eyes National Title After Sending All Boats to IRA Grand Finals

Cherry Hill, N.J. – The Brown men's crew put itself in championship position, advancing all five of its boats to the Grand Finals of the 2012 Intercollegiate Racing Association (IRA) National Championship. The Bears varsity eight and varsity four boats each won its semifinal heats, while the freshman eight boat earned second. The second varsity placed third in its semifinal and the open four boat finished second overall.

In a rematch of the Ivy League championship the Brown varsity eight once again triumphed over Harvard. The Bears secured the Ivy and EARC title by just three-tenths of second, but at IRA's, Bruno was victorious by open water, finishing over five seconds ahead of the Crimson. The V8 boat advances to the grand finals, tomorrow morning at 11:45 a.m.

Brown got its third win of the regatta in the second semifinal of the varsity four. The Bears and Georgetown battled for the entire 2,000-meter race, but Bruno was able to triumph in a near-photo finish, topping the Hoyas by just over two-tenths of a second. The V4 boat will compete in the grand finals at 8:55 a.m., on Sunday.

In the freshman eight race, California sprinted ahead of the field for an impressive win that left the other crews battling to secure a spot in the grand finals. Brown was up to the challenge, topping third-place Cornell by open water to secure the spot for Bruno. The F8 boat competes in the grand finals at 10 a.m., tomorrow.

The second varsity found itself in a tough semifinal with Wisconsin and Cal as Penn and Cornell made it five crews jockeying for early position. By the 1,500-meter mark the Badgers and Golden Bears distanced themselves from the field, but Bruno was able to hold off the Quakers and Big Red to place third overall and move on to the grand finals of the 2V8 at 10:45 a.m., on Sunday.

The Bears started their second day of competition with the repechage of the open four, finishing second overall with a time of 7:10.527 to advance to the grand finals, tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

RACE RESULTS

Varsity Eight – Semifinal One

1. Brown – 6:17.211

2. Harvard – 6:22.500

3. Syracuse – 6:24.911

4. Princeton – 6:25.545

5. Cornell – 6:32.408

6. Penn – 6:40.134

 

Second Varsity – Semifinal Two

1. California – 6:19.471

2. Wisconsin – 6:21.003

3. Brown – 6:23.347

4. Cornell – 6:26.354

5. Penn – 6:26.891

6. Boston University – 6:40.172

 

Freshman Eight – Semifinal Two

1. California – 6:10.814

2. Brown – 6:20.831

3. Cornell – 6:23.108

4. Princeton – 6:25.936

5. Yale – 6:28.428

6. Dartmouth – 6:31.083

 

Varsity Four – Semifinal Two

1. Brown – 7:17.736

2. Georgetown – 7:17.978

3. Navy – 7:18.892

4. Wisconsin – 7:21.786

5. Holy Cross – 7:24.775

6. Harvard – 7:33.129

 

Open Four – Repechage Two

1. Harvard – 7:06.890

2. Brown – 7:10.527

3. Cornell – 7:15.089

4. Penn – 7:39.174

5. Drexel – 7:50.943