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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Wisconsin’s men’s rowing saw its top-two boats racing to reach Grand Finals at the 2022 IRA National Championships on Mercer Lake, but both will race in Sunday petite finals after Saturday’s action.
In a hotly contested semifinal, the Badgers placed fifth in the varsity eight, just over five seconds behind the third and final Grand Final qualifying spot grabbed by Brown. Yale won the semifinal, with Syracuse taking the second position. UW will race in the petite final for places 7-12 on Sunday.
The second varsity eight placed sixth in its semifinal and will race in a petite final, as well.
UW’s third eight had the day off and will race in Sunday’s third-level final for places 13-18.
The Badgers coxed four took sixth in its third-level final on Saturday to finish in 18th place.
Straight from the Lake
Head Coach Chris Clark
On the varsity eight
“Semifinals, I would say pretty good.
“In the 1V we’ve got a tremendous amount of base speed, that’s middle of the race, it’s just our starts haven’t been quick enough.
“In this race, it was hard to tell, but it looked like we were almost a length down in about the first minute. That is a lot to give up, especially to crews at this level. The Yale boat that won our semi has three Olympians in it, including a gold medalist stroking it. You can’t spot anybody anything. They are just so good and so strong. Just sheer power alone will get you a quick lead even if your base speed is not a lot different.
“I’m extremely proud of our guys for crawling back into it and they ended up getting fifth. We just really keep getting better every single race.
On the second varsity eight
“The 2V is naturally extremely quick off the start, their problem is holding it. They looked like they were in it for 1000, then they dropped well off the pace. Their first heat was not good, their repechage was great and this one was half good. I’m expecting tomorrow all good. I’m sure they will get it together. This is for places seven through 12 and I’m sure they’ll bring it as well.”
On the third varsity eight
“The third boat is in the third-level final and we’ll see what they can do. There’s five frosh in there, none of whom are particularly experienced, so anything is good for them. Get out and race and see what they can do. See if they can win this third-level final.
On the varsity four
“The coxed four finished today. It was, if not a miracle, then it was real surprising they made it to the final 18 through the time trial. They were 17th in that and they ended up sixth in this race which means they finished 18th. There was nine other teams that didn’t even qualify. This was not a boat we expected unbelievable things out of, but the really raced well today and did the best they could. We were happy for them.
On the final day of the season
“Tomorrow’s racing has two crews that will be racing their third race and two crews that will be racing their fourth. It is tough to overcome that, but I’m pretty excited. If we can throw everything together, every element of the game, it should be great racing tomorrow. The guys are excited about it. I’m sure they’ll bring it for the last race of the year.
“Looking forward to seeing the last three races of this season.”
2022 IRA National Championships
June 4, 2022
West Windsor, N.J.
A/B Semifinal 2 (Top three to Grand Final, rest to Petite Final)
1. Yale, 5:34.950; 2. Syracuse, 5:36.822; 3. Brown, 5:37.230; 4. Dartmouth, 5:40.824; 5. Wisconsin, 5:43.054; 6. Cornell, 6:05.188
UW Lineup – Coxswain James Catalano, Adam Wehking, Joseph Cleary, Edward Brody, Breck Duncan, Dylan Green, Galen Quinn, Isaac Krahn, Olin Frederiks
Second Varsity Eight (Top three to Grand Final, rest to Petite Final)
1. California, 5:44.018; 2. Brown, 5:45.504; 3. Princeton, 5:47.446; 4. Boston University, 5:48.284; 5. Harvard, 5:50.872; 6. Wisconsin, 6:03.284
UW Lineup – Coxswain Jonah Rane, Aidan Schmidt, Michael Horan, Sebastian Murrell, Garrison Waugh, Walter Stanwood, Lorenzo Miller, Josh Wehking, Matthew King
Third-Level Final (Places 13-18)
1. Navy, 6:40.575; 2. Hobart, 6:42.847; 3. Williams, 6:42.861; 4. Syracuse, 6:44.417; 5. Oklahoma, 6:46.251; 6. Wisconsin, 6:47.393
UW Lineup – Coxswain Connor Slawin, Jack Turco, Samuel Crowley, Joshua Barth, Henry Voeller
Third Varsity Eight (7:40 a.m. CT) – Third-Level Final (places 13-18)
Second Varsity Eight (8:50 a.m. CT) – Petite Final (places 7-12)
Varsity Eight (9:40 a.m. CT) – Petite Final (places 7-12)