Men’s Crew Wraps Up Day One at IRA Championship

Men’s Crew Wraps Up Day One at IRA Championship

Saturday Schedule

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Brown men's crew claimed a pair of top-two finishes and advanced all four boats to the A/B semifinals as the Bears kicked off the first day of competition at the 116th IRA National Championship Friday at Mercer Lake.

Brown's varsity and second varsity eight boats both finished runner-up in the morning heats to earn an automatic qualification to the Saturday A/B semifinals. The third varsity and varsity four boats placed third in their respective heats, but then posted second-place finishes in their respective afternoon repechage races to qualify for the A/B semis.   

Morning Heats
In foggy and calm morning conditions, the varsity eight kicked off the racing for Bruno with a runner-up finish in the fourth heat and earned a direct spot in the A/B semifinals. Harvard established an early lead and held on the rest of the way to win the heat at 5:43.385. Brown had a firm lead over Penn at 700 meters and defended the second spot for the remainder of the race with a time of 5:45.82. 

In the second varsity, Yale emerged from the fog with a slight advantage at 500 meters, followed by Brown and Boston University to form a leading pack. Brown increased its lead over the Terriers to a seven-seat advantage at the midway point, and held on the rest of the way to cross at 5:50.29 for a direct spot to the A/B semis.

Brown was one of five crews in the third heat of the third varsity, as the Bears joined California and Boston University in a tightly contested pack off the start. Cal moved out in front and Brown secured a three-seat lead over BU, but the Terriers picked up the pace during the middle 1,000 meters, moving into second position with 500 meters remaining. Cal and BU claimed the top two spots before Brown crossed at 5:58.36 for third place.

The first heat of the varsity four featured five crews with only one direct trip to the A/B semifinals. Drexel led wire-to-wire to capture first place at 6:27.88, while Brown passed Boston University during the middle 1,000 meters, crossing third just short of Georgetown in a time of 6:36.97.

Afternoon Repechages
Syracuse and Brown jumped out to an early lead in the first repechage, while Navy was right behind in third as six crews battled for the top two spots. Brown maintained a second-place position with nearly a full length over Navy at the 1,000-meter mark. Syracuse and Brown finished one-two in the rep at 5:55.498 and 5:57.863 to qualify for the A/B semifinals. 

The varsity four also placed second in its afternoon rep, crossing in a time of 6:44.383 with open water over Jacksonville to move on to the A/B semifinals.   

Brown returns for the semifinals on Saturday, starting with the varsity eight at 8:20 AM. The second varsity will race at 8:39 AM, followed by the third varsity (8:57 AM) and varsity four (9:51 AM).

Friday Morning Results
Varsity – Heat 4
1          HARVARD - 5:43.385
2          BROWN - 5:45.827
3          PENNSYLVANIA - 5:49.527
4          CORNELL - 5:54.007
5          ST JOES - 5:57.919
6          BATES COLLEGE - 6:04.910 

2V – Heat 4
1          YALE - 5:47.739
2          BROWN - 5:50.290
3          BU - 5:52.316
4          BATES COLLEGE - 6:05.646
5          STANFORD - 6:09.771
6          ST JOES - 6:12.115

3V – Heat 3
1          CALIFORNIA - 5:53.165
2          BU - 5:55.034
3          BROWN - 5:58.365
4          G WASHINGTON - 6:08.476
5          UCSD - 6:20.418 

V4 – Heat 1
1          DREXEL - 6:27.888
2          GEORGETOWN - 6:33.976
3          BROWN - 6:36.975
4          NORTHEASTERN - 6:40.996
5          CORNELL - 6:44.871 

Afternoon Repechage
3V – Rep 1
1          SYRACUSE - 5:55.498
2          BROWN - 5:57.863
3          NAVY - 6:00.591
4          OSU - 6:04.233
5          UCSD - 6:10.382
6          TEMPLE - 6:14.526 

V4 – Rep 4
1          CALIFORNIA - 6:35.657
2          BROWN - 6:44.383
3          JACKSONVILLE - 6:47.310
4          MILWAUKEE SE - 6:49.703
5          FAIRFIELD - 6:53.572