Men’s Crew Advances All Five Boats to Grand Finals on Day Two of IRA Championships

Men’s Crew Advances All Five Boats to Grand Finals on Day Two of IRA Championships

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Brown men's crew put together an impressive all-around performance on the second day of competition at the IRA Championships as the Bears advanced all five boats to the grand finals Saturday on Lake Natoma.

Brown is one of just three programs, and the only program from the East, to advance all five crews to Sunday's grand finals. Washington and California also sent five boats to the finals.

In the first semifinal of the open four, Washington and Wisconsin jumped out to the early lead followed by Brown in third. By the first 500 meters, Washington held a strong six-second lead, while Navy moved past Wisconsin and Brown into second place. Washington expanded its lead to about three seats with 600 meters to go, but Navy and Brown battled closely for second and third, putting the pressure on the leader. In the end, the Bears charged past Navy to claim second place at 6:35.93 and secured a spot in the grand final. Brown will take on Navy, California, Washington, Northeastern and Oregon State in Sunday's open four grand final at 9:24 a.m.

In the opening semifinal of the varsity four, Washington enjoyed an early advantage with Florida Tech right behind in second. Brown held position in third, about two seats back of FIT at 1,000 meters, but the Bears made a move to pull into second place with 650 meters remaining. The Bears kept their momentum and held a half-length over FIT at 1,600 meters to take second at 6:27.63, while Washington won in a time of 6:25.83. The varsity four grand final will start on Sunday at 9:48 a.m.

In the freshman eight, Cornell jumped out to a quick lead off the blocks and held a deck lead over Brown at 500 meters. Brown continued to inch forward and eventually pulled level with Cornell at 800 meters. By the midway mark, the Bears recorded a three-seat advantage over Cornell and expanded that lead to a one-third length by 1,300 meters. Brown put together a full-length advantage over the competition with 400 meters remaining to seal the victory at 5:59.44. Brown will meet Penn, Cornell, Washington, Harvard and California in the grand final on Sunday at 10:55 a.m.

The second semifinal of the second varsity proved to be one of the most competitive events of the day. California was first off the blocks with a slim lead over Cornell, Brown and Harvard. Cal still led at 1,000 meters, but Brown held a slight advantage for second in a tight field as Cornell, Boston University and Harvard were all in the mix behind the Golden Bears. With 750 meters to go, Cal held a half-length over the rest of the field, but BU, Brown and Cornell were all dead level. In the end, Cal posted the victory, while BU and Brown crossed second and third, respectively to qualify for the grand final. Brown finished at 5:51.78 and will meet Cal, BU, Washington, Princeton and Northeastern in the grand final Sunday at 11:20 a.m.

In the varsity eight, the second semifinal featured the top three crews from the Eastern Sprints grand final as Harvard, Brown and Northeastern highlighted an all-East field. Harvard was first off the blocks, but Northeastern held a slim lead at 500 meters with Brown in second by just one seat. Both Brown and Harvard made a push at 1,000 meters and the two crews were level and one-seat behind Northeastern. Brown made a move at 1,300 meters to pull even with the Huskies, but Harvard made a strong sprint down the stretch to claim the victory at 5:42.91. Northeastern and Brown finished second and third, respectively, to move on to the grand final. Brown finished at 5:45.81 and will meet Harvard, Northeastern, Washington, California and Princeton in Sunday's grand final at 12:20 p.m.

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Open Four – Semifinal 1

1. Washington - 6:28.50

2. Brown - 6:35.93

3. Navy - 6:37.44

4. Wisconsin - 6:39.13

5. Harvard - 6:41.31

6. Gonzaga - 7:03.63


Varsity Four – Semifinal 1

1. Washington - 6:25.83

2. Brown - 6:27.63

3. Wisconsin - 6:29.34

4. Florida Institute of Technology - 6:30.42

5. Yale - 6:37.14

6. Penn - 6:44.29


Freshman Eight – Semifinal 2

1. Brown - 5:59.44

2. Cornell - 6:02.71

3. Penn - 6:04.73

4. Princeton - 6:08.28

5. Drexel - 6:13.57

6. George Washington - 6:14.27


Second Varsity – Semifinal 2

1. California - 5:49.71

2. Boston U. - 5:50.73

3. Brown - 5:51.78

4. Cornell - 5:52.63

5. Harvard - 5:55.13

6. Yale - 6:05.46


Varsity Eight  - Semifinal 2

1. Harvard - 5:42.91

2. Northeastern - 5:44.02

3. Brown - 5:45.82

4. Yale - 5:48.70

5. Cornell - 5:50.22

6. Boston U. - 5:50.55