CAMDEN, N.J. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team competed in the first day of competition at the 109th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., on Thursday. The varsity four placed second out of five boats in its opening heat to qualify for the semifinals on Friday, June 3.
The top two boats from each of the four opening heats qualified directly for the semifinals, while the rest of the teams moved to the repechages on Thursday afternoon. Washington won the heat with a time of 6:17.282 and Holy Cross finished second as it recorded a 6:22.676. Temple (6:31.998) placed third, Stanford (6:44.042) finished fourth and Dartmouth (7:10.372) placed fifth. The members of the crew are freshman coxswain John Gentile (Mays Landing, N.J.), sophomore Peter Prominski (Arlington, Va.), freshman Anthony Curro (North Andover, Mass.), junior Peter Dwyer (Keene, N.Y.) and sophomore Pat Rapuano (Penn Valley, Pa.).
"I'm really pleased with the way the guys rowed today," said Holy Cross head coach Todd Pearson. "They had a very good start and carried that momentum all the way through to the finish line. With the conditions so rough with the wind today, we talked about the importance of rowing a technically sound race and not letting the conditions rattle us. Thankfully, the guys were able to execute their race well and we avoided the reps this afternoon. We'll rest up this afternoon and get ready to race again tomorrow."
The Crusaders will race in the second semifinal on Friday at 10:15 a.m. Each race will have six boats with the top three advancing to the grand finals on Saturday, June 4, at 9:09 a.m. and the next three moving on to the petite finals at 8:57 a.m. Holy Cross will row versus Brown, George Washington, Navy, Northeastern and Stanford.
There are numerous ways to follow the IRAs. You can watch the event on video by going here. You can also listen to an audio broadcast by going here and follow the results here. Also for complete coverage of the regatta on row2k.com go here.
Holy Cross varsity four: John Gentile (coxswain), Peter Prominski, Anthony Curro, Peter Dwyer, Pat Rapuano.