Shoremen Rowers Headed to IRA National Championships for First Time Since 1995

Shoremen Rowers Headed to IRA National Championships for First Time Since 1995

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — The Washington College men's rowing team will be competing in the varsity four at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships in West Windsor, N.J., beginning this Friday. The annual IRA National Championships serve as the national championships for varsity programs in men's open, men's lightweight, and women's lightweight rowing. This is the first IRA National Championship appearance in 21 years for the Shoremen.

Ten student-athletes from the team stayed in Chestertown well past the end of final examinations and commencement to practice for the event. Competing in the varsity four at the IRA National Championships will be freshman Alex Kincaid (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) as coxswain, junior Zee Ali (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) in the stroke seat, senior Ryan Miranda (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) in the three seat, sophomore Chris Eggstein (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) in the two seat, and sophomore Joe Stockburger (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) in the bow seat. The other student-athletes who have been practicing since the end of the semester were seniors Mark Boissonneault (Bowie, Md./DeMatha), Ian Briggs (Huntsville, Ala./The Gow School [N.Y.]), and John Gould (Litchfield, Conn./The Gunnery), junior Daniel Benton (Dover, Pa./Dover), and sophomore Samson Ramasamy (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown)

"This has been the most intense few weeks of practice that I think I've had here, and not because of anything we've done to them," noted head coach John Leekley. "These guys really want to go and do well. Every piece of every practice has been 100%." 

The following 27 schools will be competing against the Shoremen in the varsity four: Boston University, Brown, Holy Cross, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Fairfield, Georgetown, Harvard, Jacksonville, Loyola (Md.), Marietta, Marist, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), MIT, Oklahoma City University, Princeton, Santa Clara, Stanford, Temple, Navy, California, Penn, University of Washington, Wisconsin, and Yale. Marietta, MSOE, and MIT are the only other teams from NCAA Division III institutions competing in the varsity four. 

The Shoremen will begin competition in an 11:10 a.m. heat on Friday, one of four seven-boat heats. Also in that heat will be Dartmouth, Yale, Santa Clara, California, Navy, and Georgetown. The winners of each heat will advance to Semifinal A or Semifinal B. The remaining crews will race in repechages. The top two boats from each repechage will advance to Semifinal A or Semifinal B. The third through fifth boats in each repechage will advance to Semifinal C or Semifinal D. The sixth-place boat in each repechage will advance to the "E" Final. The top three boats from Semifinals A and B advance to the grand final; the remainder of the boats in those semifinals advance to the petite final. The top three boats from Semifinals C and D advance to the third-level final; he remainder of the boats in those two semifinals advance to the fourth-level final. The full schedule for the varsity four at the IRA National Championships is as follows:

THE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN MODIFIED DUE TO ANTICIPATED WEATHER. LAST UPDATE POSTED HERE AT 1:30 P.M. ON JUNE 3RD. FOLLOW LINK BELOW TO IRA CHAMPIONSHIPS HOME PAGE FOR MOST CURRENT INFORMATION.

Friday, June 3rd
Heat 1 - 10:50 a.m.
Heat 2 - 11:00 a.m.
Heat 3 - 11:10 a.m.
Heat 4 - 11:20 a.m.
Repechage 1 - 2:20 p.m.
Repechage 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Repechage 3 - 2:40 p.m.
Repechage 4 - 2:50 p.m. 

Saturday, June 4th
Semifinal A - 10:20 a.m.
Semifinal B - 10:28 a.m.
Semifinal C - 10:36 a.m.
Semifinal D - 10:44 a.m.
"E" Final - 11:02 a.m.

Sunday, June 5th
Grand Final - 9:08 a.m. 
Petite Final - 9:32 a.m.
Third-Level Final - 9:56 a.m.
Fourth-Level Final - 10:20 a.m.

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