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Washington Set To Compete At 2021 IRA Championships

May 24, 2021

The No. 1-ranked Washington men's rowing team heads to the 2021 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship Regatta to compete for the national championship this Friday and Saturday, May 28-29.
 
IRAs will be held at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., a venue that has served as host for this event numerous times in recent years. No fans will be permitted to attend the regatta in person, but all of the races will be broadcast on a live video stream.
 
Here is the schedule (subject to change):
 
FRIDAY, MAY 28
 
Time Trials (SCHEDULE CHANGED ON THU., MAY 27)
7:00 a.m. ET/4:00 a.m. PT – Varsity 8+ Time Trials
7:40 a.m. ET/4:40 a.m. PT – Second Varsity 8+ Time Trials
8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT – Third Varsity 8+ Time Trials
8:45 a.m. ET/5:45 a.m. PT – Varsity 4+ Time Trials
Time Trials Live Video
 
Semifinals
12:00, 12:10 and 12:20 p.m. PT – Varsity 8+ A/B/C Semifinals
12:50, 1:00 and 1:10 p.m. PT – Second Varsity 8+ A/B/C Semifinals
1:40, 1:50 and 2:00 p.m. PT – Third Varsity 8+ A/B/C Semifinals
2:10, 2:20 and 2:30 p.m. PT –Varsity 4+ A/B/C Semifinals
Semifinals Live Video 
 
SATURDAY, MAY 29
 
Finals
5:20 a.m. PT – Varsity 4+ Grand Final
5:50 a.m. PT – Third Varsity 8+ Grand Final
6:40 a.m. PT – Second Varsity 8+ Grand Final
7:30 a.m. PT – Varsity 8+ Grand Final
Finals Live Video 
 
The IRA Championship Regatta schedule this year has been condensed to two days with all crews racing in both time trials and semifinals on Friday. Time trials will determine which 18 crews will proceed to A/B/C semifinals in each boat category, and the seedings for those crews. The top two finishers in each A/B/C semifinal will proceed to the grand final on Saturday, while third- and fourth-place finishers go to the Petite Final and fifth and sixth to the 3rd-Level Final. 
 
In men's collegiate rowing, the winner of the Varsity Eight Grand Final is considered the "National Champion."
 
Last year's regatta was canceled – as were all college sports in the spring – meaning the Huskies last competed at IRAs in 2019. That year, Washington won the varsity four and the third varsity eight while finishing second in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight grand finals, earning them the Ten Eyck overall points trophy.
 
Of the 32 athletes who crewed those four shells in 2019, 13 remain on the roster, including coxswain Adam Gold and rowers George Esau and Samuel Halbert, who rowed in the varsity eight at 2019 IRAs.
 
Washington, under 14th-year head coach Michael Callahan '96, has held the No. 1 spot in the IRCA Coaches' Varsity Eight rankings for the entire season. The Huskies, who swept all five finals at Pac-12 Championships to earn a fourth straight conference title, have won 26 of 27 races this season, losing just once – the third varsity eight vs. California at Windermere Cup on May 1. 
 
RACE COVERAGE: RESULTS & LIVE VIDEO
The IRA now has a dedicated YouTube Channel, on which all of the racing will air live. You can find that channel by clicking here. Live results will be posted at ira.qra.org. As Always, follow the @UW_Rowing Twitter account for all of the latest information and links. The regatta's official Twitter feed is @IRARowingChamps
 
MEN'S IRA HISTORY
In total, the UW has won 18 Varsity Challenge Cups, 29 Kennedy Challenge Cups (junior varsity eight/second varsity eight), 28 Stewards Cups (freshman eight; third varsity eight), 12 Eric W. Will Trophies (varsity four), one third varsity eight title (prior to the 3V8+ winner earning the Stewards Cup) and 16 Ten Eyck Trophies. Here's a list of each:
 
Varsity Challenge Cups (MV8+) – 18
1923, 1924, 1926, 1936, 1937,
1940, 1941, 1948, 1950, 1970,
1997, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2015
 
Kennedy Challenge Cups (M2V8+) – 29
1925, 1926, 1927, 1935, 1936,
1937, 1938, 1940, 1948, 1949,
1950, 1953, 1956, 1964, 1972,
1993, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007,
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
 
Stewards Cups
(Given to MF8+ 1900-2016; M3V8+ 2017-) – 28
1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937,
1939, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,
1951, 1953, 1961, 1969, 1997,
2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
2017, 2018, 2019
 
Eric W. Will Trophies (MV4+) – 12
2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
2017, 2019
 
Third Varsity Eight (M3V8+) – 1
2015
 
Freshman Four (MF4+) – 1
2008
 
Ten Eyck Trophies (Men's Points Champion) – 16
1953, 1959, 1964, 1970, 2007,
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
2019