Courtesy of Bates Sports Information
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Bates men's rowing second varsity eight was ready to compete in the third level final Sunday morning at the 116th annual IRA National Championship Regatta when it was announced that all remaining races scheduled for the day were canceled.
The conditions on the Mercer Lake water, especially at the start, were too rough to justify continuing the regatta, including the Bates second varsity eight's third level final and the first varsity eight's fourth level final.
Bates was representing the NESCAC in the varsity eights races at IRAs, which included teams from Washington, Harvard and Yale. The IRA National Championships have been held since 1895 and serve as the National Championship for men's heavyweight, men's lightweight and women's lightweight rowing. Yale won the first varsity eight grand final this year and Washington took home the points trophy.
The Bobcats wrap up their first appearance at IRAs having defeated crews from Stanford, Saint Joseph's (Pa.), Florida Tech and UC San Diego over the course of six races.