Rowing News | 2022 IRA promotion expires June 3rd
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The 119th Annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship begins June 3rd.
The event takes place over three days at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey. For the first time in the event’s history, there will be a Division III Championship in addition to the usual offerings, including men’s and women’s light rowing.
The University of California enters the regatta at No. 1 after dethroning Yale, which has spent much of the year topping the IRCA polls.
“Everything we’ve done builds well for the weekend,” Cal head coach Scott Frandsen said when discussing the importance of this weekend. “The Varsity 8+ has maintained its consistency and the crew is really ready to arrive and race on Friday. We had the usual ups and downs in practice, but we’re looking forward to the races.”
In lightweight racing, Yale will race as the top seed in the men’s competition. Competitor Ivy League Princeton will compete in 5th place in the regatta but are confident in the speed they have built.
“We made some good changes before the sprints, but the regatta took place before we were quite comfortable,” said the Princeton head coach Martin Croty. “With the three weeks left before the IRAs, there was plenty of time to do one last workout, relax and let the boats run a bit more. We are confident that we can play a big role in all the finals on Sunday morning.”
In the first-ever Division III IRA competition, Williams leads the poll.
“For me and a lot of my teammates, this season has felt like the culmination of many years of hard work,” said Riley Will, three-seater in the Williams First Uni-Eight. “I owe the success this season not only to the current team, but also to our coach Marc and the classes ahead of us. We are where we are today because they believe in the methodological process that Marc has developed and that they have put into practice. I am very hopeful and confident that we can continue our successful season at IRAs and I am extremely optimistic about the future of this team.”