Blue Blog – IRAs: Friday Update and Results

Folks … A brief off cycle up-date including a combined Y150 and N150 Blue Blog. Cheers! Coach ______________________________________________________ Y150 advanced two boats to Sunday’s Grand Finals — LV8 and L4+. Yale’s L4- finished 4th in heat, and will row in Petite Final on Sunday. N150 advanced both fours to Sunday’s GF. After having beaten Harvard twice this season in Haines Cup and at EARC Sprints, the Mids finished 4th in their heat, trailing the Crimson by 2.8 seconds and moving to Sunday’s PF. Among LWs, Cornell and Princeton advanced 3 boats to GF. Yale, Navy, Penn, Columbia and Harvard, advanced two each. Competing in L8+ for the1922 Trophy and National Championship on Sunday will be Yale, Columbia, Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard. Navy and Mercyhurst will compete in PF. In heavyweight competition, in V8+ Yale and Navy, finished 1st and 2nd in heat 1 and advanced directly to the A/B semifinals on Saturday to decide which crews advance to either GF or PF on Sunday. Yale is in Semi 1 and Navy in Semi 2. In 2V8+, Yale was 2nd in their heat advancing directly to A/B semifinals. Navy was 3rd in their heat moving to Repechage, where they also finished 3rd. Navy 2V8+ will next race in the 3rd level final on Sunday. In 3V8+, having finished 4th and 5th, respectively in heats, both Yale and Navy, moved to afternoon Repechage 2. The Elis placed 2nd and Mids 3rd , both advancing to A/B semifinals. Yale is in Semi 2 and Navy in Semi 1. In V4+ heat 3, Yale and Navy were 4th and 5th. In respective Repechage racing, Yale finished 3rd and Navy 4th. As a result, both Elis and Mids will meet in C/D Semifinal 3 on Saturday to decide which crews advance to either 3rd or 4th level finals on Sunday. For squads that enter a full number of events, rowers in V4+ generally draw from 4th and 3rd varsity eights. Four crews in V4+ A/B semifinals did not enter eights competition – Holy Cross, Georgetown, Marietta and MIT. It is therefore likely that competitors in these boats were from top rowers in those four squads. If you plan to be at Mercer or follow IRA racing online, please be aware that there have been changes to the event schedule per the 2016 IRA Fairness Commission to accommodate anticipated inclement weather. 2016 IRA Saturday Schedule – UPDATED & NEW (6/3/16) will begin at 08:30 with racing intervals compressed to 8 minutes. 2016 IRA Sunday Schedule – UPDATED & NEW (6/3/16) will begin at 07:00 with racing intervals also compressed to 8 minutes. The order of racing has been prioritized in favor of Grand Finals. GF for eights are now scheduled to start between 07:08 and 07:48. Set your alarms accordingly and brew the coffee strong. “0 dark thirty” comes too early, but at least sunrise is at 05:29 in Princeton. ______________________________________________________ Real time streaming of all IRA events, all 3 days, is available on YouTube via USRowing. For real-time updates go to Live Results; And to USRowing for 2016 IRA Championships Central. There is always good rowing stuff on Row2k including 2016 IRA Event Coverage. ______________________________________________________ For full N150 news go here. For full Y150 news go here. For news on Navy heavyweights go here. For news on Yale heavyweights go here. ______________________________________________________ Go Blue … Be One With The Boat! Cheers! Coach and Fenway

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