Yale and Cornell Top the Final IRA Poll After Wins at Natoma

Princeton, N.J. — After a heart-stopping performance at the 2017 IRA National Championship in Lake Natoma, Calif., Yale University jumped from third place to a first-place ranking in the final USRowing Coaches Poll.

Emotions ran high for everyone at the 2017 IRA Championship over the weekend, but no crew could be more affected than Yale University’s varsity eight. Seeded third going into the weekend, the crew was already up against steep competition from University of Washington and University of California, but they were faced with an additional challenge when one of their senior captains, Rob Hurn, came down with Mononucleosis and became unable to race.

Against all odds, with freshman Jonathan Winter replacing Hurn in two-seat, the Yale crew won the grand final by less than a second over Washington. According to senior Nate Goodman, though the loss of their captain from the boat was difficult, it served as a source motivation that allowed the crew to excel.

“We were able to rally around that adversity and it helped us push in the third 500,” Goodman said. “I’m ecstatic to have an IRA win.”  Yale won with a time of 5:29.900, just barely edging out the University of Washington, who finished in 5:29.969.

Thanks to RegattaWare timing and the expertise of Bob Nyce and Patrick Diggins for capturing the moment

Thanks to RegattaWare timing and the expertise of Bob Nyce and Patrick Diggins for capturing the moment

Though Yale prevented a clean sweep for Washington, the Huskies proceeded to take home Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy as the team points champions, as they claimed gold in every other event. This clean sweep earned the University of Washington a second-place finish in the polls.

Third place was given to Harvard University. Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley were fourth and fifth respectively.

For the lightweight men, Cornell University’s varsity eight continued their undefeated season, taking home the varsity eight title with a time of 5:40.17, one second ahead of the University of Pennsylvania and finishing first in the polls with all seven first-place votes.

Pennsylvania advanced from their previous fourth-place spot to take second overall in the polls.

The whole field proved competitive, with the Yale University lightweights taking third in the eight, as well as in the polls. Harvard University finished fourth just one tenth of a second behind Yale, and fourth overall in the polls.

Fifth place went to Princeton University.

There were not enough votes in the coaches poll to report the lightweight women’s varsity polls. However, Stanford University was the clear standout for the lightweight women’s field, sweeping the eight, four and double.  Stanford also took home the overall team points trophy for the third year in a row.

Boston University came in with a clean second-place finish over Princeton University.  University of Wisconsin also had a strong showing, with second-place finishes in the four and double, and fourth place in the eight.

Click here for results and team points totals.

Photo courtesy of Sport Graphics

Heavyweight Men’s 8+

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Yale University (8) 3
2 University of Washington 1
3 Harvard University 4
4 Princeton University 5
5 University of California, Berkeley 2
6 Brown University 9
7 Northeastern University 8
8 Syracuse University 11
9 Dartmouth College 7
10 Boston University 6
11 University of Wisconsin 12
12 University of Pennsylvania 14
13 Cornell University 10
14 George Washington University 15
15 Stanford University 13
16 United States Naval Academy 17
17 Columbia Univeristy 16
18 Florida Intitute of Technology 20
19 Drexel University NR
20 Oregon State University 18

Voting Coaches: Mark Davis (GWU), John Pojednic (Northeastern), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Greg Hughes (Princeton), Scott Alwin (Columbia), Philip Schmehl (Marietta), Mike Irwin (Saint Joseph’s), Luke Agnini (Georgetown)

Others Receiving Votes: Hobart College, Georgetown University

Lightweight Men’s 8+

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Cornell University (7) 1
2 University of Pennsylvania 4
3 Yale University 5
4 Harvard University 2
5 Princeton University 3
6 Columbia University 6
7 Georgetown University 8
8 University of Delaware 7
9 United States Naval Academy 9
10 Temple University 11
11 Dartmouth College 10
12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 12
13 Mercyhurst University 13
14 Purdue University 14
15 University of California, Santa Barbara 15

Voting Coaches: Martin Crotty (Princeton), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Colin Farrell (Penn), Shawn Bagnall (Navy)

Others Receiving Votes: University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma State, Michigan State, Sacramento State, Iona College


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