Day 1 Recap of IRA National Championship

Day 1 Recap of IRA National Championship

Courtesy of Bates Sports Information

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Bates men's rowing team outraced a pair of crews on day one of the 116th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The first varsity eight found itself in an 8:30 a.m. heat with Harvard, Brown, Pennsylvania, Cornell, and Saint Joseph's (Pa.). The Crimson won the heat in 5:43.385 and Bates came in sixth with a time of 6:04.910.

At 9:27 a.m., the second varsity eight competed in its heat against Yale, Brown, Boston University, Stanford and Saint Joseph's (Pa.). Led by sophomore coxswain Holland Doyle and senior captain stroke Kyle Schlueter, the Bobcats finished fourth out of six schools with a time of 6:05.646. Stanford (6:09.771) finished four seconds behind Bates and Saint Joseph's finished last with a time of 6:12.115. Yale won the race in 5:47.739.

Both boats competed in the Repêchage on Friday, with the first varsity eight squaring off against Dartmouth, George Washington and Temple. Bates knocked an impressive 13 seconds off its heat time, racing to the finish in 5:51.575. The Owls narrowly edged the Bobcats, taking third with a time of 5:49.884. Dartmouth won the race in 5:38.345. 

The second varsity eight hung with Cornell and Oregon State in its Repêchage. The Bobcats raced to the finish in 6:08.011, but the Beavers took second with a time of 6:05.176 and Cornell won in 6:01.715.

On Saturday, the first varsity eight will compete against George Washington, Cornell, Oregon State, Saint Joseph's (Pa.), and UC San Diego in the C/D Semifinal at 9:15 a.m. 

The second varsity eight will also compete in a C/D Semifinal, starting at 9:33 a.m. They take on George Washington, Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's (Pa.) and Florida Institute of Technology.