May 23, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - The IRA announced that the No. 1 ranked Huskies have received a bid to compete for their 3rd consecutive IRA National Championship at the 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships May 31- June 2 in Gold City, Calif. The regatta will take place on Lake Natoma, the site for the Pac-12 Championships last weekend.
The IRA Champion is determined by the winner of varsity eight grand final.
The top-ranked Huskies captured their fourth consecutive Pac-12 title with victories in three of four races at Lake Natoma on May 19, including the varsity eight. The Huskies' top boat is undefeated this season and has notched dual race victories over ranked opponents Stanford (No. 4), California (No. 6) and Oregon State (No. 20). Washington won all four races in each of those regattas.
Pac-12 counterparts California, Stanford, and Oregon State were also chosen to compete at the championships, which are taking place on the West Coast this year as part of a deal to bring them to this side of the country every four years.
Last season, Washington won all five grand finals at the IRA Championships, becoming the first crew to sweep the regatta. It was its 15th national championship and first repeat title in more than 70 years. The Huskies also won the Ten Eyck Trophy for the sixth straight season--an unprecedented feat in college rowing--finishing as the overall team points champion.
The IRA Championships will be available to watch via live-streaming for free courtesy of Bullpen Media and ECAC. A link to the live stream can be found by clicking here.
For a full list of participating crews click here.
For more information about the IRA National Championships taking place from May31st-June2nd at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., click here.