Heavyweight Frosh to Grand Final at IRAs

WINDSOR, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team send its freshman eight to the Grand Final on Day Two of the IRA National Championship Regatta on Lake Mercer, with the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity earning spots in the Petite Final.

The Frosh Eight will row in the Grand Final on Sunday after taking care of business in Saturday’s repechage with a second place row. Penn gave California a strong challenge in the opening 1000m, providing enough separation between the Quakers and Dartmouth to secure second place and one of two transfer spots to the Grand Final. Penn’s frosh will row for medals on Sunday, looking to secure Penn’s first medals at IRAs since the frosh won bronze in 2006.

The Varsity Eight will row in the Petite Final on Sunday after a sixth place row in the semifinals. Penn had its fastest row of the weekend in the semifinal, but the 11th-seeded Quakers were unable to knock off the higher-seeded crews to transfer to the Grand Final. The Red and Blue were part of a five-boat logjam in the opening 750, all five boats well behind eventual winner No. 2 California. The Quakers were unable to stay within reach of No. 5 Princeton and No. 6 Brown in the middle stretch of the race, missing out on the Grand Final.

The 1V can finish no lower than 12th with their spot in the Petite Final, guaranteed its best finish since 2012 when the Quakers were fifth in the Petite Final for an 11th place finish overall.

In the first race of the day for the Quakers, the Second Varsity did not have a true challenge in them for the leaders and did not earn one of the three spots in the final at stake. The Quakers will row in Sunday’s Petite Final at 11 a.m. Last year, the 2V was fifth in the Petite Final for an 11th place finish overall.

Penn’s Varsity Four took second in its C/D semifinal to earn a spot in the Third Final on Sunday.

The V4 will start Sunday’s racing for the Quakers at 8:24 a.m. The 3V will row at 9:36. The Grand Final for the Frosh is scheduled for 10:48 with the 2V rowing in the Petite Final at 11 a.m. The Varsity Eight will conclude IRAs for Penn with its Petite Final at 12:24 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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. Boston University 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

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