All five Washington men’s crews won their heat races Friday on the first day of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
UW is seeking its fourth straight IRA title, which goes to the winner of the varsity eight race, and their eighth straight Ten Eyck Trophy, given to the team with the most overall points.
The UW men’s varsity, second varsity and third varsity eight boats, plus the varsity four, will race in semifinals Saturday. The Washington freshman eight has already qualified for Sunday’s final.
“It was a great start,” UW coach Michael Callahan said.
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Four of the five UW crews posted the fastest time of the day in their event, led by the men’s varsity eight, which finished the 2,000-meter course in 5.37.855.
The Huskies’ varsity four will compete in a semifinal against Wisconsin, Boston University and three other crews who will qualify via repechages.
The UW third varsity 8, in a competition being held at the IRAs for the first time this year, will compete in a semifinal that will include Boston U and Northeastern. The second varsity 8 will compete in a semifinal against Navy, Northeastern and Boston U.
In the Huskies’ final race Saturday, the varsity 8 will row against Brown, California, Northeastern and other qualifiers in a semifinal.
The Gonzaga varsity 8 will race in the fourth semifinal.
UW women’s boats advance
The No. 6-ranked Washington women advanced all three boats to Saturday’s semifinals at the NCAA Rowing Championships in Eagle Creek Park, Ind.
The Huskies were second Friday in their varsity eight and varsity four heats and third in the second varsity eight.
The Huskies’ varsity eight boat finished second to Brown by two seconds. In the second varsity 8 heat race, UW finished third to Brown and Michigan, just .07 seconds behind the Wolverines. A protest was filed and UW was moved into Saturday’s seven-boat semi.
The Huskies’ varsity four cruised second behind Stanford and into the semifinals.
Washington State’s second varsity eight boat advanced to the A/B Final.
In the Division II championships, the Western Washington varsity four dominated its qualifying heat to advance to Sunday’s grand final. The Vikings’ varsity eight placed second and must finish among the top two in a repechage heat Saturday morning to reach the grand final.