Bulldogs Begin Quest For National Championship Thursday

The Bulldogs qualified three boats to the IRA's this year; Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+.
The Bulldogs qualified three boats to the IRA's this year; Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Freshman 8+.

May 31, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. –

THIS WEEK: Gonzaga University men’s rowing will send three crews to compete in the 109th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta that will take place Thursday, June 2 through Saturday, June 4 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 third time in four years Gonzaga will send a Varsity 8+ crew to the IRA Regatta, having also earned a bid in 2008 and 2009. The Second Varsity 8+ will appear for the second-time in school history and the Freshman 8+ will be appearing for the fourth time.  

The 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 and Princeton University men’s rowing will be live video broadcasting the 2011 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. There will be a four camera system for the IRA Championships; two cameras “on the water,” a camera positioned atop the Camden County Boathouse, and a finish line camera. This will provide wire-to-wire coverage of ALL racing June 2-4.

Click here for links for both the video broadcast and audio broadcast.

5 a.m. - Varsity 8+ heat race 1 (Cornell, Syracuse, Washington, Brown, Stanford, Gonzaga)
5:15 a.m. – Varsity 8+ heat race 2 (Georgetown, Boston U., California, Wisconsin, Navy, UCSD)
5:30 a.m. – Varsity 8+ heat race 3 (Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania)

5:45 a.m. – Second Varsity 8+ heat 1 (Boston U., Brown, Washington, Princeton, Pennsylvania)
6 a.m. – Second Varsity 8+ heat 2 (UCSD, Yale, Harvard, Syracuse, Dartmouth)
6:15 a.m. – Second Varsity 8+ heat 3 (Gonzaga, Cornell, Wisconsin, California, Navy)

6:30 a.m. – Freshman 8+ heat 1 (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, Princeton, Yale, Gonzaga)
6:45 a.m. – Freshman 8+ heat 2 (Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard, Navy, Syracuse, UCSD)
7 a.m. – Freshman 8+ heat 3 (Columbia, Boston U., California, Cornell, Stanford)

Full schedule can be found here

• This is the second year that the Gonzaga University men’s rowing program qualified three 8+ boats. The Bulldogs also qualified three 8+ boats in 2009.

• 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 UC San Diego.

Varsity 8+: Taylor Mattheisen, Andrew Krug, Connor Wege, Kenny Mentele, Tim Doupe, Benji Schwarz, Matt White, Stephen McEvoy, Bennett Shultz.

Second Varsity 8+: Enrique Alvarado, Sahan Fernando, Erick Strand, Dan Rinker, Dane Pavlik, Sean Ryan, Nick Willard, Stuart McDonald, David Wayne.

Freshman 8+: Kayla Cartelli, Davis Lockett, Jordan Chapin, Mike MacPherson, Rick Ruddell, Zach O’Neill, Zack O’Connor, Jeremy Fabatz, Adam Obengerger.

• Andrew Krug, Benji Schwarz, Matt White and Connor Wege were all members of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed 17th at the 2009 IRA National Championship.

• Andrew Krug, Connor Wege, Nick Willard and Benji Schwarz were all members of the Freshman 8+ boat that placed 13th at the 2008 IRA’s.

• Nick Willard and Sean Ryan were members of the Second Varsity 8+ that took 13th at the 2009 IRA’s.

HEAD COACH DAN GEHN’S THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING IRA REGATTA: “It’s great to make it here again. This year has been extremely strange on the consistency level but I think all the boats are rowing well and we will be in some very fast company. We will have to be at our best to be successful.”




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