Heavyweight Crews Advance to Semifinals of IRA Regatta

Camden, N.J. – The heavyweight freshman eight needed just one chance to advance to the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta by placing second in its heat this morning on the Cooper River. The varsity and second varsity eights also advanced to tomorrow’s semifinals after a solid showing in the repechages.

The freshman eight advanced to Friday’s semifinals after finishing second in its heat. Harvard captured the heat in a time of 6:05.86 while Penn was the runner-up with a time of 6:08.52. Colgate finished third with a mark of 6:21.13, followed by Virginia (6:24.09), Minnesota (6:28.89) and Michigan (6:31.14).The Quakers will be in the first semifinal set to start at 12:48 p.m. tomorrow and will face crews from Cal, Princeton and Brown.

In the varsity eight, the Red and Blue advanced to the third semifinal by placing second in the second repechage with a time of 6:16.19. Michigan took the repechage with a time of 6:12.94. Dartmouth placed third with a mark of 6:17.37 while Holy Cross finished fourth with a time of 6:20.75. Earlier in the day, the Quakers clocked a 6:30.12 to finish sixth in heat one to move onto the repechage. Penn will face Syracuse, Columbia, Wisconsin and Holy Cross in tomorrow’s third semifinal set to begin at 11:36 a.m.

The second varsity eight moved on to the first semifinal by winning the first repechage in a time of 6:17.71. Penn beat out Boston University by more than a second as the Terriers posted a 6:19.30. Oregon State finished third (6:21.67) followed by Michigan (6:25.91) and Minnesota (6:56.47). Earlier in the day, the Quakers posted a time of 6:28.26 to finish third in heat three to move on to the repechage. The Red and Blue will compete against Cal, Wisconsin, Northeastern, Princeton and Syracuse in tomorrow’s semifinal slated to begin at 12:12 p.m.

Penn will be back on the Cooper River tomorrow as they compete in the semifinals of the IRA Regatta.

Freshman 8

Heat 1

1

Harvard

6:05.86

2

Penn

6:08.52

3

Colgate

6:21.13

4

Virginia

6:24.09

5

Minnesota

6:28.89

6

Michigan

6:31.14

Varsity 8

Heat 1

Repechage 2

1

Princeton

5:56.02

1

Michigan

6:12.94

2

Stanford

6:02.26

2

Penn

6:16.19

3

Rutgers

6:05.04

3

Dartmouth

6:17.37

4

Yale

6:06.81

4

HC

6:20.75

5

Virginia

6:12.83

6

Penn

6:30.12

2ndVarsity 8

Heat 3

Repechage 1

1

Yale

6:08.98

1

Penn

6:17.71

2

Princeton

6:12.97

2

Boston U.

6:19.3

3

Penn

6:28.26

3

Oregon St

6:21.67

4

Dartmouth

6:33.91

4

Michigan

6:25.91

5

Minnesota

6:56.47