Men's and Women's Lightweight Crew Gear Up For IRA Regatta

June 4, 2008

CHERRY HILL, N.J. - The Stanford men's rowing team will race in the first heat of the IRA Regatta with Washington, Columbia, Syracuse, Georgetown and Dartmouth on Thursday morning at 7:36 a.m. ET. The top two finishers will advance to the semi-final race on Friday. Stanford received the eighth seed in the twenty-four boat field that will determine the top team in collegiate men's rowing for 2008. The IRA Regatta is considered the national championships for men's rowing because the men's rowing is not an NCAA-sponsored sport.

In last year's IRA Regatta, then men's crew finished second.

'After the results of this past Sunday when our women finished second in the NCAA Championships, our alumnae in Europe collected two gold, two silver and one bronze at the World Cup in Lucerne, we are privileged to row with the block S on our uniforms,' commented an enthusiastic head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'The men will do their best to uphold the Stanford Rowing tradition.'

The IRA Regatta concludes on Saturday at 2pm with the Grand Final in the Men's Varsity Eight. Stanford will also be represented by the Stanford Women's Lightweight team and the Stanford frosh/novice team.

Members of the lightweight team at work