Stanford Men's Four And Frosh Eight Advance To Semifinals At IRA Championships
June 3, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - Stanford men's rowing completed action at the first day of the IRA National Championships Regatta in Camden, N.J. Thursday, sending the Four and Frosh Eight boats to the semifinal rounds, while the I Eight suffered heartbreak by missing out on a semifinal berth by less than a second in its repechage heat.
The Four captured its preliminary heat in the morning to advance while the Frosh Eight went through the repechage heat to book its semifinal ticket.
Stanford's Four boat crossed the line first in the third preliminary heat with a time of 6:22.127, over a second and a half faster than second-place California. The Cardinal's preliminary time stood as the fastest of the day amongst the rest of the varsity four times in the three heats, 0.805 of a second faster than Washington's time in the second heat.
The Four earned a place in one of Friday's two semifinal races, which are set to get off at 7 and 7:15 a.m. PT (10 and 10:15 a.m. ET).
The Frosh Eight, meanwhile, had to do some extra work to earn its semifinal berth. The Cardinal finished third in the second preliminary heat, 2.182 seconds behind runner-up Boston University and 3.461 seconds back of Washington's heat-winning time of 5:40.822.
But in the afternoon's repechage, the Frosh Eight bounced back by topping its heat, crossing the line in 5:44.242 to claim a spot in the semifinal round. The crew will take part in one of the two semifinal races scheduled for Friday, which are set to get off the line at 8:45 and 9 a.m. PT (11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET).
The I Eight will next see action in Saturday's petite final after finishing third in its preliminary heat then being narrowly edged out of the final semifinal spot in the afternoon's repechage heat.
In its opening heat, the Cardinal finished third with a time of 5:42.873. That time was just under seven seconds behind second-place Dartmouth and nearly 12 seconds behind Washington, which won the heat. In the afternoon's repechage, with four boats running neck-and-neck to the finish line for three semifinal spots, the Cardinal would get the short end of the stick in the most competitive heat of the day in its class.
Stanford would finish fourth with a time of 5:32.838, which was just 0.772 of a second behind Northeastern for the third and final semifinal spot, and just 1.202 seconds behind repechage heat winner Boston University.