Frosh Win Bronze for Heavyweight Rowing at IRAs

WINDSOR, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team earned its first medal at the IRA National Championships Regatta since 2006 on Sunday with a bronze medal in the Freshman Eight. The Quakers were third in the Grand Final, part of a prosperous day of racing for the Red and Blue on Lake Mercer.

Overall, Penn was 10th in the Ten Eyck standings for the team championship with 115 points. Penn's improvement of 57 points from last year's IRA Regatta won the Quakers the Clayton Chapman Trophy for the largest improvement from one regatta to the next.

“The best thing I can say about our overall performance today is that each of our boats had their best performance of the regatta in their final race,” said head coach Greg Myhr. “This has been a very positive season overall for the team and to see it end with tangible results is exciting for everyone involved.”

The last medal for the Quakers also came from a freshman crew in 2006 when that year’s novice boat claimed bronze. This year, the Frosh Eight was third to Washington and California but clear of fourth-place Wisconsin by over 1.1 seconds and over eight seconds ahead of Cornell with almost 17 seconds of distance back to sixth-place Drexel.

“Our freshmen have never wavered in their confidence throughout the season,” said Myhr. “That is a credit to their coach, Drew Baustian, who has instilled that mindset in the team and to the crew itself for staying true to the process throughout the year. This boat has three true novice rowers who just completed their first-ever season as rowers and that bodes well for the future of our program.”

Coach Baustian was thrilled with how his freshmen raced all weekend.

“The guys did a good job of looking at the whole week and not getting wrapped up in individual race,” freshman coach Drew Baustian said. “The crew took everything in stride and did what they needed to do to put ourselves in position for the Grand Final. We had an effective race plan, saved another gear for the final push, and the guys executed perfectly.”

The Varsity Eight put together its best finish since 2012, finishing fifth in the Petite Final for an 11th place finish overall. For many of the seniors on the 1V, the finish matches their 11th place row in 2012 as Penn’s best result at IRAs since a ninth place finish in 2001. The Petite Final was won by Yale, with two close battles for second and fourth behind the Bulldogs. Boston University was 0.437 seconds ahead of Navy for second, while Penn and Cornell were as close as it can get for fourth. In the end, the Big Red just edged Penn at the stripe, holding a slim 0.091 second advantage. The 11th place finish for the 1V is up six spots from its 17th place row last year.

The Second Varsity was fourth in the Petite Final for a 10th place finish overall. Penn was three seconds clear of Dartmouth for fourth, and 6.5 seconds ahead of Wisconsin. The result was up one spot from Penn’s No. 11 seed in the 2V and up one spot from its 11th place finish last year.

The Third Varsity was third in the Third Final for a 15th place finish overall. The 3V was a clear third in the race, 3.5 seconds ahead of George Washington which took fourth and almost six seconds ahead of Drexel which was fifth.

Varsity Eight

Heat
1. Yale 5:52.244
2. Brown 5:54.857
3. Penn 6:04.102
4. Stanford 6:07.391
5. George Washington 6:14.613
6. Syracuse 6:16.982

Repechage
1. Penn 5:48.852
2. Wisconsin 5:51.023
3. Hobart 5:53.485
4. Oregon State 6:01.083

Semifinal
1. California 5:30.524
2. Princeton 5:32.706
3. Brown 5:33.154
4. Navy 5:36.702
5. Boston University 5:39.964
6. Penn 5:42.832

Petite Final
1. Yale 5:37.882
2. Boston University 5:39.554
3. Navy 5:39.991
4. Cornell 5:42.566
5. Penn 5:42.657
6. Columbia 5:50.556

Second Varsity

Heat
1. Princeton 6:01.143
2. Brown 6:04.552
3. Penn 6:12.342
4. Columbia 6:15.436
5. Hobart 6:19.614

Repechage
1. Penn 6:00.649
2. George Washington 6:03.529
3. Drexel 6:19.993
4. Holy Cross 6:30.864

Semifinal
1. Brown 5:39.930
2. California 5:39.956
3. Boston University 5:43.087
4. Harvard 5:44.666
5. Cornell 5:46.795
6. Penn 6:01.083

Petite Final
1. Harvard 5:42.750
2. Cornell 5:44.939
3. Northeastern 5:45.188
4. Penn 5:51.729
5. Dartmouth 5:54.790
6. Wisconsin 5:58.291

Third Varsity

Heat
1. Princeton 6:04.358
2. Wisconsin 6:07.203
3. Yale 6:21.613
4. Penn 6:30.300
5. Hobart 6:45.743

Repechage
1. Boston University 6:03.001
2. Navy 6:07.199
3. George Washington 6:12.364
4. Penn 6:18.378
5. Drexel 6:35.030

Third Final
1. Syracuse 5:54.320
2. Oregon State 5:57.001
3. Penn 6:00.576
4. George Washington 6:04.037
5. Drexel 6:06.237
6. Hobart 6:07.319
7. Holy Cross 6:09.568

Frosh Eight

Heat
1. Washington 5:56.969
2. Cornell 6:04.274
3. Penn 6:13.259
4. Drexel 6:20.883
5. Dartmouth 6:25.911

Repechage
1. California 5:47.606
2. Penn 5:55.570
3. Dartmouth 6:02.174
4. Princeton 6:07.274

Grand Final
1. Washington 5:39.366
2. California 5:44.083
3. Penn 5:47.034
4. Wisconsin 5:48.194
5. Cornell 5:55.310
6. Drexel 6:04.010

Varsity Four

Heat
1. California 6:36.725
2. Wisconsin 6:38.683
3. Harvard 6:48.496
4. Penn 7:00.985
5. Dartmouth 7:06.248

Repechage
1. MIT 6:55.334
2. 7:01.546
3. Penn 7:06.806
4. Santa Clara 7:26.702

Semifinal
1. Navy 6:39.937
2. Penn 6:41.065
3. Dartmouth 6:42.041
4. Milwaukee 6:43.352
5. George Washington 6:46.944

Third Final
1. Syracuse 6:35.312
2. Penn 6:37.443
3. Navy 6:37.663
4. Drexel 6:40.521
5. Dartmouth 6:43.032
6. Santa Clara 6:47.693

Download: IRA Ten Eyck Standings.pdf