GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Dartmouth heavyweight rowing returned to Lake Natoma for day two of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Regatta on Saturday. The Big Green advanced all four of their boats to the Petite Finals, which will race again on Sunday.
How the semifinals work: the top three crews in each semifinal advance into the six-boat Grand Final, and the remaining three boats move on to the Petite Final.
In the third varsity, the Big Green edged Cornell by half a second to place fifth (5:57.47), crossing the line just over a second behind Northeastern (5:56.11). The Petite Final will take place at 10:50 a.m.
The Big Green were sixth in the first semifinal of varsity four (6:41.90), completing the course behind Navy and making it into the Petite Final that will row at 9:20 on Sunday morning. In the second varsity semifinal (5:54.66), Dartmouth was sixth, coming in less than three seconds behind Penn in fifth place (5:51.92). The Petite Final will take place at 11:10 a.m.
The first semifinal of the varsity eight was close, with just 14 seconds separating all six crews. Dartmouth placed fourth (5:45.82), finishing two-tenths of a second ahead of Cornell in fifth (5:46.02). The Big Green will race again at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.
The third and final day of the IRA Regatta will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday.