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Another Perfect Day for Washington at IRAs
Release: 06/01/2013
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June 1, 2013

Washington 111th Annual IRA Championships
May 31- June 2nd | Lake Natoma – Gold River, Calif. | Live Streaming |
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Day 2 Full Results

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – As been the general theme for the Washington men all season long—another day another sweep. The top ranked Huskies showed their depth on the second day of the IRA Championship Regatta at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., winning their five semifinals to qualify all boats for Sunday’s Grand Finals.

Unlike the windy conditions of Friday, Saturday morning has little wind and sunny skies, creating the perfect setting for the Huskies to take care of business.

The varsity ended day two on a high note, beating out a tough slate that featured Pac-12 rivals California and Stanford. The Huskies top boat started strong, but were quickly challenged by their conference counterparts and the race remained fairly level throughout the first 1000 meters. The Huskies made their move at the halfway point grabbing a three-quarter of a length lead over California that there were able to maintain through the finish line. The Huskies crossed the finish line with a time 5:40.74, which was good for best overall qualifying time for the varsity eight grand finals. California (5:42.32) took 2nd while Princeton (5:44.06) made a push at the end to steal the third qualifying spot from Stanford. Finishing after Stanford were Navy and Wisconsin.

The four earlier races of the day played out similarly, with Washington starting strong, grabbing the lead in the first 500 meters, then protecting that lead throughout the last 1500 meters of the 2,000 meter course on Lake Natoma.

The second varsity eight finished with a time 5:50.27 with Princeton and Northeastern taking the second and third grand final qualifying spots. California, who was in the other semifinal, earned the second varsity categories’ best qualifying time with 5:49.70.

The undefeated freshmen 8 continued to show their prowess over the rest of their field, winning the first semifinal by open water with a time of 5:50.32. Harvard (5:54.93) and California (5:56.13) came in two-three behind Washington’s youngest boat. The Huskies own the best qualifying time for the freshmen 8 category.

The Huskies’ varsity four and open four both had solid days out on the water, beating out Brown in both semifinals. The varsity four crossed the finish line with a time of 6:25.83, almost a full length ahead of second-place Brown (6:27.63). The open four took the lead from the beginning and never looked back, winning by open water with a time of 6:28.5.

Washington has flexed its muscle up to this point at these IRAs, but the real test is tomorrow. This is what it all comes down to and the Huskies will have to fend off some stiff competition to earn their third consecutive national championship and fourth in the last six years.

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Official Results (For Full Results Day 2 Full Results)

IRA Championships

Day 2

June 1st, 2013

Men’s Open 4 Semifinal 1:

1) Washington 6:28.5

2) Brown 6:35.93

3) Navy 6:37.44

4) Wisconsin 6:39.13

5) Harvard 6:41.31

6) Gonzaga 7:03.63

Men’s V4 Semifinal 1:

1) Washington 6:25.83

2) Brown 6:27.63

3) Wisconsin 6:29.34

4) FIT 6:30.42

5) Yale 6:37.14

6) Pennsylvania 6:44.29

Men’s Freshmen 8 Semifinal 1:

1) Washington 5:50.32

2) Harvard 5:54.93

3) California 5:56.13

4) Navy 6:01.79

5) Wisconsin 6:04.32

6) Dartmouth 6:24.64

Men’s 2V8 Semifinal 1:

1) Washington 5:50.27

2) Princeton 5:52.40

3) Northeastern 5:52.65

4) Wisconsin 5:53.33

5) Pennsylvania 6:05.17

6) Syracuse 6:06.89

Men’s V8 Semifinal 1:

1) Washington 5:40.74

2) California 5:42.32

3) Princeton 5:44.06

4) Stanford 5:48.20

5) Navy 5:51.91

6) Wisconsin 5:52.90

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