Men’s Heavyweight Crew Competes at IRA National Championship

Men’s Heavyweight Crew Competes at IRA National Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: IRA National Championship

- Location: West Windsor, N.J. (Mercer Lake)

- The Lead: In its final outing of the season, the MIT men's heavyweight crew Varsity 4+ advanced to the Third Level Final of the IRA National Championship. However, due to unsafe conditions, Sunday's races were cancelled.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Racing on flat water and in calm wind during Friday's heats, MIT finished third in 6:41.987, just 2.499 seconds behind Wisconsin, as Princeton won the race in 6:33.193. Since only the winner automatically advanced to the semifinals, the Engineers returned to the water for a repechage that afternoon. MIT recorded another third-place performance, narrowly missing a chance to earn a spot in the A/B semifinals. Trailing Harvard by open water through 1,000 meters, the Engineers made up ground during the last 500 but came up 2.318 seconds short of a second-place finish. As a result, Tech moved on to the C/D semifinals.

- In Saturday's semifinal, MIT and Navy both moved out on the field early in the race. The Midshipmen crossed the finish line in 6:42.713, exactly 2.019 seconds ahead of the Engineers. Tech, however, held off a strong charge by Marietta to claim the runner-up spot, edging out the Pioneers by .017 seconds.

- Following two days of ideal racing conditions, strong winds and cooler temperatures appeared on Sunday. Due to the high winds it was determined that it was unsafe to continue racing, therefore canceling the Third Level Final. MIT was slated to compete against Navy, Cornell, Jacksonville, Marist, and Marietta.

V4+
Cox: Alex Meredith
4: Clay Jones
3: Quinn Johns
2: Charlie Inman
1: Hamilton Eng

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