UW Rowers Advance at IRA Regatta

May 31, 2001

CAMDEN, NJ -- The Washington men's varsity eight-oared crew won itsrepechage heat and advanced to the semi-finals on the first day of racing atthe 99th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on theCooper River.

The Washington freshman eight won its first heat and advanced to thesemi-finals while the junior varsity eight finished second and will row in arepechage heat Friday morning.

Washington entered a pair in this year's competition and the team of JeffJorgensen and Andy Altman won their heat in a course record time of 6minutes, 57.5 seconds over the 2,000-meter course. They advance directly tothe grand final Saturday. The pair without coxswain raced all alone, postinga large open water victory as second place Cornell did not cross the lineuntil 6:57.5.

The varsity eight, testing a new lineup for the first time, finished secondin the third of four heats of the varsity eight. Princeton won the heat in atime of 5:37.37, with the Huskies behind at 5:41.84. Michigan and Dowlingposted identical times in third place at 5:48.95. The Tigers advanceddirectly to the semi-final while the Huskies were forced to row a secondtime Thursday afternoon.

The Huskies won their repechage, or second chance, heat in a time of5:42.27, ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon State at 5:43.73. Northeastern,Dartmouth and Cornell won the other repechages to complete the semi-finalfield.

The Washington varsity faces a stiff challenge in its Friday semi-finalrace. The Huskies, who drew lane two, face Pac-10 foe Stanford, Princeton,Penn, Northeastern and Wisconsin in the second semi-final of the day lateFriday afternoon. Princeton is coming off a win at the Eastern Sprints whileNortheastern finished third at the same regatta. Penn narrowly edgedNortheastern in its morning heat Thursday, winning in 5:39.55 toNortheastern's 5:39.59. Wisconsin and Washington met earlier this season, inMadison, where the Huskies won a photo finish in the dual regatta.

The top three crews in each semi-final make up the six boats in the grandfinal Saturday while the remainder of the crews row in the petite final. Theother semi-final features Dowling, Dartmouth, two-time defending championCalifornia, Brown, Cornell and Oregon State.

Washington's junior varsity finished second in its first heat of thechampionships, trailing the Wisconsin crew that won in 5:36.86, while theHuskies crossed the finish line at 5:40.43. The junior varsity repechageheats are set to begin at 11 a.m. PST Friday morning.

The Washington freshmen used a strong first race to advance to itssemi-final Friday. The Huskies posted an open water victory over Navy,finishing in 5:59.77 to the Academy's 6:04.00.

Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta Men's National ChampionshipsCooper River (2,000 meters), Camden, NJStrong cross-tailwind, some chop by finish line.

Results - Thursday, May 31, 2001

Men's Varsity EightHeat 3 - Thursday morning1 Princeton 5:37.372 Washington 5:41.843 Dowling 5:48.954 Michigan 5:48.955 Staqnford 5:50.086 Syracuse 5:50.1

Repechage 2 (Thursday afternoon)1 Washington 5:42.272 Oregon 5:43.733 Syracuse 5:46.464 Marist 5:51.795 Rutgers 5:55.08

Men's Second Varsity Eight (junior varsity)Heat 11 Wisconsin 5:36.862 Washington 5:40.433 Dartmouth 5:47.854 Navy 5:54.635 Penn 5:57.566 Colgate 6:21.53

Men's Freshmen EightHeat 21 Washington 5:59.772 Navy 6:04.003 G'town 6:12.264 Syracuse 6:12.445 Drexel 6:25.16

Men's Varsity Pair w/o CoxHeat 21 Washington 6:57.52 Cornell A 7:17.173 LaSalle 7:20.994 Buffalo 7:21.525 Wisconsin B 7:30.946 Boston U. 7:33.25

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