Washington, Cal lead early Pac-12 charge in IRA championships
The back-to-back national champion Washington Huskies cruised through Day 1 of the three-day 111th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Washington’s boats won five heats, while three Cal crews took first in their heats. Stanford’s varsity eight boat also advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
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The junior varsity eight won by about three seconds, while three of the Huskies’ other boats all finished at least seven seconds before the second-place boat. The Washington open four unit’s race, for instance, was not even remotely close. The boat ended its heat in 6:48.04, 12 full seconds ahead of Cal and 49 seconds ahead of fourth-place Dartmouth.
Head coach Mike Teti was pleased with Cal’s performances but knows the competition will stiffen in the semifinals. “We're going to have to dial it up a notch,” he told CalBears.com. “As much as they executed well today, they all know they have to be better tomorrow.”
The Cardinal’s junior varsity eight would not be so lucky. The boat was the last of four to cross the finish line in the preliminary heat, eight seconds off the time of the second-place automatic bid. The crew had another chance in the afternoon repechage race, but could not rebound, finishing in a distant third place. The season, however, is not over just yet for Stanford’s junior varsity eight. The boat will race again Sunday in the Third-Level Final for places 13-16.