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Men's Heavyweights Post Solid Start at IRA National Championships

Princeton's First Varsity Eight
Princeton's First Varsity Eight

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Ivy League men's heavyweight rowing teams jumped out to a solid start at the 112th Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships with Brown and Princeton each advancing four boats on to Saturday's semifinals.

The Bears and Tigers had their three varsity eight entries place first or second in their respective morning heats, while their varsity fours finished 1-2 in the same afternoon repechage to move on to the top semifinal heats. Also making it through via a top-two morning finish was Harvard and Yale in the first varsity eights and Cornell in the second varsity eights.

The afternoon repechage saw first-place showings from the first varsity eight from Cornell, second varsity eights from Penn and Yale and third varsity eights from Cornell and Dartmouth cross the line first to grab key semifinal lane assignments. Penn's V8, along with the 2V8s from Dartmouth and Harvard, 3V8 from Yale and V4 from Princeton, placed second in the afternoon reps.

Saturday's second day of men's heavyweight races on Mercer Lake are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.