PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a runner-up performance at the Eastern Sprints, the fourth-ranked Brown men's crew is primed to compete for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship, Friday through Sunday, May 30 - June 1, on Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park, N.J.
Brown is ranked No. 4 in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll and will enter five boats in the IRAs, including the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity, Freshman Eight, Third Varsity and Open Four. The three-day event will start with the heats, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
The winner of the varsity eight grand final is recognized as the IRA National Champion. Brown is one of 24 boats accepted into the varsity eight, along with EARC Champion Harvard, three-time reigning national champion Washington and fellow Ivy rivals Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale.
BROWN AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Bears claimed third place in the varsity eight grand final at the 2013 IRA National Championship. Additionally, the second varsity and freshman eight placed second overall, while a total of four boats earned medals. Brown racked up 182 points to finish second behind Washington in the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, awarded to the school with the most team points. It marked the program's highest point total since the IRA Regatta officially decided the sport's national collegiate championship in 1997. Brown joined Washington and California as the only three programs to advance all five boats to the grand finals.
LAST TIME OUT AT THE SPRINTS
Brown claimed three medals, including victories in the third varsity and freshmen eight events, as the Bears placed runner up in both the varsity eight and Rowe Cup standings at the 2013 EARC Sprints. Brown and Harvard finished tied for first in the overall standings for the second straight year with 35 points apiece, but once again the Crimson's victory in the varsity eight broke the tiebreaker for the Rowe Cup, awarded to the school with the highest number of total points. The EARC Sprints is composed of the top rowing schools in the East and also determines the Ivy League Championship.
Varsity - Heat 4, 8:45am, Lane 3
JV - Heat 2, 9:15am, Lane 4
1F - Heat 1, 10am, Lane 4
3V - Heat 3, 11am, Lane 3
V4 - Heat 3, 11:45am, Lane 4
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