LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's rowing team has earned an invitation to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships and will send three crews to the prestigious event in early June.
The Tritons will field Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and Third Varsity 8 boats on Lake Natoma, outside of Sacramento, Calif.
"I'm really proud of the team and the work they have put in," said UC San Diego head coach Zach Johnson. "This is a culmination of a culture shift that brought this team back to nationals for the fourth time in less than 10 years. These student-athletes aren't just content with qualifying, they are looking to make a name for our university."
UCSD also qualified for the IRA National Championships in 2009, 2011, and 2013.
A total of 35 institutions will be represented at the 2017 IRA National Championships. The men's heavyweight division has a full-field of 24 crews in the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight, while the Third Varsity Eight has a record 20 entries. Seventeen men's heavyweight programs earned automatic qualification into the regatta, with seven at-large berths being awarded.
In their most recent outing, the Tritons recorded strong results at the Western Sprints on Lake Natoma to solidify their invite to the IRA regatta. The Third Varsity 8 won against Santa Clara and Gonzaga, while the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 crews placed second.
The 2017 IRA National Championships will be contested June 2-4.
UCSD at the IRA Championships
2013 - V8 5th in Fourth Final, 2V8 7th in Third Final
2011 - V8 6th in Third Final, 2V8 2nd in Third Final, N8 6th in Petite Final
2009 - V8 4th in Fourth Final, N8 5th in Third Final, V4 5th in Third Final