Men's Rowing Heads East For IRA National Championships
SPOKANE, Wash. -
THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University men's rowing will send three crews to compete in the 110th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta that will take place Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2 on Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The Bulldogs Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Freshman 8+ will all partake in this year's national championship. This is the fourth time in five years Gonzaga is sending a Varsity 8+ crew to the IRA Regatta, having also earned a bid in 2008, 2009 and 2011. The Second Varsity 8+ will appear for the third-time in school history and the Freshman 8+ will be appearing for the fifth time.
WHAT IS THE IRA REGATTA? The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta represents the national championship for the men's collegiate crew. The men's Varsity 8+ winner is generally regarded as the men's overall collegiate champion, though the IRA Regatta also features an overall points winner which earns the Ten Eyck Trophy.
IRA RACING FORMAT: Competition at the IRA Regatta consists of heats, repechage, semifinals and finals. In the Varsity 8+ heat, the two fastest crews advance to the semis. This is the same format with the Freshman 8+. In the Junior Varsity 8+, the top three advance. The rest are relegated to the repechage race, where the top three boats will gain entry back into the semifinals. The crews outside of the top three will race in the Third Final. In the semis, the top three crews advance to the six-boat Grand Final. The remaining crews will race in the Petite Final.
WATCH THE IRA'S LIVE: The ECAC will be live video broadcasting the 2012 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The ECAC, in partnership with Community Structure and Stretch Internet, will broadcast over 15 hours of live rowing action over the three days of racing. Full-race coverage of the IRA National Championships will be broadcast for the second-consecutive year from the race venue on Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.
Viewers can access race schedules and links to all of the broadcasts through Community Structure's web portal at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cs.portal, and view the full race schedules and land assignments at ECAC media partner www.row2k.com and the ECAC website at www.ecac.org as well as www.ecacsports.com.
|KEY NOTES ABOUT GONZAGA AND THE IRA'S|
|• This is the third year that the Gonzaga University men's rowing program qualified three 8+ boats. The Bulldogs also qualified three 8+ boats in 2009 and 2011.|
|• Gonzaga University men's rowing is one of four West Coast schools to qualify three 8+ crews; others being the University of California, the University of Washington and Stanford University.|
|TIDBITS ABOUT THE ZAGS AND THE IRA'S|
|• Eleven Gonzaga University men's rowers participated in the 2011 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships.|
|• Kenny Mentele, Tim Doupe, Bennett Schultz and Stephen McEvoy were each part of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed 17th a season ago.|
|• Sahan Fernando, Erik Strand, Dan Rinker, Dane Pavlik and Stuart McDonald were each in the Second Varsity 8+ that took 14th in 2011.|
|• Kayla Cartelli, now the Varsity 8+ coxswain, was the coxswain for the Freshman 8+ that took 17th last year.|
|• Jeremy Lazarra, a member of the 2012 Junior Varsity 8+ boat, was part of the 2009 Freshman 8+ that finished 15th.|
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2011 IRA REGATTA: The Gonzaga University men's rowing Varsity 8+ closed out the 2011 season finishing 17th in the nation as it took fifth in the Third Level Final on the last day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. The Bulldogs also placed 17th in the Freshman 8+ and 14th in the Second Varsity 8+.
Boston University won the Varsity 8+ Third Level Final in a time of 5:43.406, followed by Dartmouth College at 5:46.021. Columbia and Pennsylvania took third and fourth, respectively, with times of 5:46.739 and 5:52.877. Gonzaga came in fifth, closing out the 2,000-meter course in a time of 6:03.112. UC San Diego rounded out the Third Level Final with a mark of 6:05.114.
The Bulldogs tied their best finish in school history with their 17th finish. Gonzaga also closed out the 2009 IRA Championships in 17th.
The Second Varsity 8+, racing in only its second IRA Championship in school history, won a race-off against UC San Diego in the Third Level Final to rank 14th in the nation. The Zags had their fastest finish of the weekend Saturday, with a time of 6:01.537, edging out the Tritons who closed out the course in 6:01.969.
The Freshman 8+ placed sixth in its respective Third Level Final to end the weekend 17th. Yale won the Third Level Final at 5:53.628, followed by the University of Wisconsin (5:54.333) and Syracuse (5:54.648). Gonzaga had a time of 6:07.603.