May 12, 2009
Crusaders Travel To IRA National Championships
May 12, 2009
Holy Cross Men's Rowing
Scoreboard: 16th of 18, Eastern Sprints, Worcester, Mass., 5/10
Schedule: June 4-6, IRA National Championship, Gold River, Calif,
- The Holy Cross men's rowing team will conclude the 2008-2009 season at the IRA National Championship in Gold River, Calif. on June 4-6. Last season, the Crusaders' varsity eight boat finished second in the fourth-level final to finish in 20th place overall, while the second varsity eight boat came in fourth place in its semifinal. The freshmen eight also placed fourth in its semifinal. Last year, Washington won the Ten Eyck Trophy as the IRA national champion. The varsity eight posted a time of 5:51.486 in the fourth-level final to come in second. Purdue won the fourth-level final with a time of 5:49.570, while Washington took first place overall, by winning the grand final in a time of 5:33.165. The second varsity eight had a time of 6:03.521 in their semifinal heat to place fourth. Washington finished in first place overall in the event, taking the grand final in a time of 5:43.021. In the freshmen eight race, Holy Cross finished with a time of 6:00.539 to place fourth in its semifinal heat.
- On Sunday, May 10, Holy Cross competed in the Eastern Sprints held at Lake Quinnsigamond. Made up of 18 teams, the Crusaders finished tied for 16th place at the Eastern Sprints. In the second varsity heavyweight eight race, Holy Cross finished in fourth place out of five boats in the third-level final with a time of 6:27.783. Georgetown won the race with a time of 6:08.871 while Navy finished second (6:12.541) and Dartmouth was third (6:19.932). In the third-level final of the varsity heavyweight eight, Princeton placed first with a time of 5:59.331, followed by Penn (6:03.065), Yale (6:04.602), Georgetown (6:07.853), Rutgers (6:08.995) and the Crusaders with a time of 6:09.809. In the third-level final of the freshman heavyweight eight, Holy Cross placed fifth with a time of 6:48.257. Penn won the race with a time 6:12.846, followed by Georgetown (6:14.614), Rutgers (6:22.905) and Columbia (6:33.960). In the heavyweight four race, Holy Cross finished in fifth place in the grand final with a time of 7:36.817. Brown won the race with a time of 6:44.328, followed by MIT (6:57.922), Northeastern (7:03.963) and Penn (7:10.312).