No. 25 Tritons Open Competition at IRA National Championship
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The No. 25 University of California San Diego men’s rowing team opened competition at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship on Friday morning on Lake Natoma.
“I thought overall it was a good first day,” said Head Coach Zach Johnson. “The JV performed really well and I think the Varsity is set up for a good day tomorrow.”
UC San Diego’s 25th-ranked Varsity 8 opened up the action, as they took on No. 2 Washington, No. 7 Northeastern, No. 10 Cornell, No. 15 Columbia, and No. 18 Oregon State in their heat. The Tritons crossed the finish line at 6:03.823, placing sixth.
With their finish, the Tritons took part in repechage 1 later in the afternoon. This time, the Tritons were pitted against No. 9 Syracuse, No. 13 George Washington, and No. 19 Florida Tech. UC San Diego recorded a mark of 6:04.200, finishing fourth.
The No. 24 Second Varsity 8 crew competed in their morning heat as well, facing No. 4 Brown, No. 5 Princeton, No. 12 Cornell, No. 13 George Washington, and No. 20 Stanford, who the Tritons hosted at the UC San Diego Invitational earlier this season. UC San Diego turned in a sixth-place finish, coming away with a mark of 6:11.686 in the fourth heat of the morning.
There was another familiar foe in repechage 3, as the Tritons took on No. 11 Navy, No. 15 Columbia, and No. 17 Drexel, who the Tritons also hosted at the UC San Diego Invitational. Although Drexel topped the Tritons on the Tritons’ home turf, UC San Diego came out on top during the repechage. The Tritons trailed Navy and Columbia, but their time of 6:05.719 was over seven seconds faster than Drexel’s (6:13.032).
The No. 21 Third Varsity 8 was the Tritons’ final crew to race in their initial heat. UC San Diego was joined in heat 3 by No. 3 Princeton, No. 6 Syracuse, No. 11 Brown, and No. 14 George Washington. The Tritons concluded their race at the 6:24.203 mark, taking fifth.
Moving on to repechage 1, the Tritons faced No. 6 Syracuse, No. 8 Dartmouth, No. 13 Cornell, No. 17 Stanford, and No. 20 Drexel. The Tritons dropped over five seconds off their time from their heat, and crossed the finish line at 6:18.902. The time was good for fifth, as the Tritons came in ahead of Stanford.
Tomorrow, the IRA Championships continue with semi-final action. The finals will follow on Sunday.
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