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Varsity Eight finishes 17th nationally; crowns outstanding team performance in men's rowing at IRA National Championships

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Men's Rowing | June 2, 2024

WEST WINDSOR, NJ – The La Salle University men's rowing team concluded the championship season with a strong finish on Sunday at the IRA National Championships. The varsity eight set a new program record by finishing 17th overall, while the Explorers finished close to the top 20 nationally with all three boats competing.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The second university eight took part in the D final and immediately reached third place over 500 meters, almost four tenths of a second behind third-placed UC San Diego.
  • The Explorers had a strong middle section of the race, gaining almost a full second on first-place Wisconsin and sprinting past UC San Diego, Jacksonville and Santa Clara.
  • On the home stretch, the Explorers were able to maintain their pace relatively well, but were unable to reduce the gap to the Badgers.
  • Wisconsin and La Salle dominated the rest of the field, taking clear first and second places, with the Explorers only 2.6 seconds behind.
  • The placement secured the 2V8 20th place nationally, surpassing its 22nd place prior to the event.
  • La Salle concluded its participation in the IRAs with the Varsity Eight C final and the team got off to a strong start.
  • Over 1,000 meters, the Explorers finished a strong third, just behind Cornell and Columbia and ahead of Navy and Drexel.
  • La Salle still had a lead of almost a second over the Dragons at the 1,500-meter mark, but could not maintain this lead and finished fifth in the final and 17th overall in the competition.
  • With a 17th-place finish, they also beat the Explorers' starting position of 19 coming into the IRA, surpassing last season's 18th-place finish in the IRA as the program's best finish.

RACE RESULTS
Second Varsity Eight – D-Final

1. Wisconsin – 5:55.259
2. La Salle – 5:57.873
3. UC San Diego – 6:07.236

Varsity Eight – C-Final
3. Navy – 5:47.556
4. Drexel – 5:49.049
5. La Salle – 5:50.049
6. Georgetown – 5:51.026

NEXT

  • The Explorers have their sights set on international competition and the program's first-ever appearance at Henley Royal Regatta.
  • The event will take place from 2 to 7 July in Henley-on-Thames, England.
  • To help fundraise for the team trip, please click this link to make your donation today.