CAMDEN, N.J. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team competed in the third day of competition at the 109th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., on Saturday. The varsity four placed fourth out of six boats in the petite finals to finish 10th out of 19 boats in the overall varsity four competition. Washington won the grand finals.
George Washington won the race with a time of 6:25.627, as Northeastern (6:26.877) placed second, Georgetown (6:28.101) finished third, the Crusaders (6:31.071) placed fourth, Temple (6:35.717) finished fifth and Syracuse (6:41.698) placed sixth. The members of the crew were 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.).
"After a tough race in the semis on Friday, I thought the guys rowed a really gutsy race today in the petite final," said Holy Cross head coach Todd Pearson. "Finishing 10th overall is an improvement from last year, but no one is satisfied. I know the athletes are going to use their result at this regatta as motivation to be better next season. I was really excited to see several members of the team in attendance to support the guys in the race. I'm sure that they all want to be competitors, not spectators at the 2012 IRA regatta and will be thinking of that as they train over the summer."
The 2010-2011 season is now concluded.