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August 10, 2011

Yale Men's Lightweights Earns IRA Postseason Awards

Courtesy of the ECAC

CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner Rudy Keeling and ECAC Director of Rowing Gary Caldwell have announced the postseason awards for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA). The crew programs from Washington and Yale took home accolades in the heavyweight and lightweight divisions, respectively.

The lightweight division was decidedly one-sided as Yale picked up coach of the year and crew of the year honors. Andy Card just completed his 22nd year leading the fortunes of the Bulldogs, who won their first national title since 2005 and fifth under Card.

In the lightweight grand final race, Yale edged Harvard in a photo finish by a mere .02 seconds, as the time was 5 minutes and 39.904 seconds to 5:39.926.

In the IRA Lightweight Crew of the Year voting, Yale’s varsity eight received five points followed by the Bulldogs’ freshman eight and Dartmouth College with one apiece.

In balloting by his peers, Washington’s Michael Callahan was voted the IRA Heavyweight Coach of the Year after seeing his top-ranked Huskies capture four of five races on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J.  

The fourth-year head coach led Washington to its fifth straight Ten Eyck Cup, the award given to the team champions that perform the best across all races. The Huskies have won the national championship 14 times, including two in the last four years under Callahan.   

In the varsity eight, the race that is used to determine the best and fastest crew in the nation, the Huskies (5:30.62) defeated Harvard and California by three seconds. The IRA Heavyweight Crew of the Year, Washington outdistanced the California freshman eight in the voting, 10-3.