Men’s Crew Heads to IRA National Championship

Men’s Crew Heads to IRA National Championship

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University men's crew is ready to compete at the 116th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship Regatta, Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. 

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Brown This Weekend
Brown will race all four boats at the championship, consisting of the varsity eight, second varsity, third varsity and varsity four. The three-day regatta will start with heats on Friday (8 AM) with repechage races in the afternoon if needed, followed by the semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. The winner of the varsity eight grand final is recognized as the IRA National Champion. Yale edged Washington in the varsity grand final last season to claim the national title. 

Friday Heat Schedule (Updated)
8:30 AM – Varsity 8, Heat 4
9:27 AM – Second Varsity, Heat 4
9:54 AM – Third Varsity, Heat 3
10:12 AM – Varsity Four, Heat 1
12:30-2:37 PM – Repechages 

Brown at the National Championship
Brown has established itself as one of the top crews on the national stage, advancing to the varsity grand finals in nine straight seasons, the race that officially determines the national champion. The Bears placed sixth in the event last season, besting their entry seed by two spots, and also reached the grand final in the varsity four. Brown finished sixth in the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy for the second straight season, awarded to the school with the most team points. 

Brown has captured the varsity eight championship seven times in program history, winning in 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Last Time Out
Brown secured a pair of bronze medals in the varsity and second varsity events at the Eastern Sprints, which is made up of the top rowing schools in the East and also determines the Ivy League Championship. Brown finished fifth overall in the Rowe Cup team standings, which is awarded to the school with the highest number of total points. 

In addition, the varsity eight was granted the Rusty Callow Award, presented each year by the EARC to the crew that best personified the virtues of "spirit, courage and unity." The Bears only lost once in cup racing heading into Eastern Sprints and captured bronze in a tightly contested grand final.

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