PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown men's crew, last year's runner-up, is primed to compete for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship, Friday through Sunday, May 31 - June 2, in Gold River, Calif. The regatta will take place on Lake Natoma.
Brown is ranked No. 3 in the latest IRA Heavyweight Coaches Poll and will send five boats to compete in the IRAs, including the varsity eight, second varsity, freshman eight, varsity four and open four. The winner of the varsity eight grand final is recognized as the IRA national champion.
Brown is one of 24 boats to receive a bid in the varsity eight, along with recent EARC Sprints champion Harvard and fellow EARC schools Boston University, Holy Cross, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, Georgetown, MIT, Northeastern, Princeton, Syracuse, Navy, Penn, Wisconsin and Yale.
No. 1 Washington will look to defend the title in the varsity eight after edging second-place Brown at last year's national championship. The two programs battled earlier this season as the Huskies pulled out a narrow victory in choppy waters on Lake Washington.
Most recently, Brown finished runner-up to Harvard at the EARC Sprints, picking up victories in the second varsity and third varsity events. The Bears also tied with Harvard at 38 points apiece in the team standings, but Harvard's victory in the varsity eight broke the tiebreaker for the Rowe Cup, awarded annually to the school with the highest number of total points.
For a full list of participating crews, click HERE.
Fans can follow the Bears at the IRAs with live updates throughout the event on the Brown official Twitter handle @BrownAthletics. For more information, recaps, photos and continued coverage, please visit brownbears.com.