Men's Heavyweight Rowing Set for IRA Regatta Starting Thursday

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PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a win over Cornell in the Madeira Cup last Friday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s heavyweight rowing team heads to Camden, N.J. for the IRA Regatta, hosted by the Class of 1972, which gets underway Thursday morning.

The History

Penn has nine first-place finishes at the IRA Regatta, dating back to 1895. The Quakers’ last top-10 finish came in 2001 when they placed ninth. That year was also the end of Penn’s streak of 25 consecutive top-10 finishes. Last year the Red and Blue finished 12th, their best finish since 2002.

In 2006, the freshman 8 highlighted Penn’s weekend at IRA’s. They won the bronze medal and were the top EARC crew in the Grand Final, crossing the finish line at 5:44.37. The heavyweight varsity8 took sixth in the Petite Final, coming in at 5:55.75

Last Time Out

Last Friday in the Madeira Cup the varsity 8 won a very tight race, crossing the finish line just over a second ahead of the Big Red. Penn came in at 5:59.0 while Cornell came in just behind at 6:00.2.

Cornell took the second varsity 8 and open 4 races handily, but the Quakers freshman 4 were victorious. Penn beat the Big Red by 12 seconds, coming in at 7:06.

Thursday’s Qualifying Heat Schedule

7:24 a.m. Men’s Pair

8:12 a.m. Varsity 8

10:00 a.m. Junior Varsity 8

10:12 a.m. Freshman 4

11:36 a.m. Open 4

Penn Probable Lineups