WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Wisconsin’s men’s rowing ended up 11th at the 2022 IRA National Championships that concluded Sunday on Mercer Lake.
Racing on the third and final day of the championships, the Badgers top boat, the varsity eight, ended up in 12th place after equipment issues slowed the crew down at the start in the petite final. Dartmouth won the race to grab seventh place overall. California captured the national title over Yale and Brown in the grand final.
The second varsity eight grabbed the top result of the championships for UW, taking third in Sunday’s petite final for ninth place overall. The finish marked UW’s best in the event since the 2015 second varsity eight took fifth.
UW’s third varsity eight won the third-level final to claim 13th place in the event.
On Saturday, UW’s varsity four finished in 18th
Straight from the Lake
Head Coach Chris Clark
On the varsity eight and equipment problems
“We are real pleased to be in the top 12 in the country this year. We’ve been holding serve for a couple of years. Last year we were 11th, but that did not include Harvard and Yale, who were better than us. We would have been 13th, probably.
“Our three man, in the first couple of strokes, jumped his slide and came off his seat. Proper protocol is to stop rowing. You have 100 meters for that express scenario – for some breakage or some mishap – and then the coxswain raises his hand and then you stop, fix it and restart.
“I think that they were in such race mode they didn’t do it. I did not know that they went past 500 meters rowing with seven guys, effectively, not on the seat. When I look at the splits, it is pretty remarkable they were as fast as they were with an oar in the water going back and forth with a guy sliding on his rear end, not on the seat. Finally, somebody yelled at him to fix the seat and he did. He had to stop completely and put the seat back on and they went.
“For them, I know it’s a bitter pill to swallow. This is the best eight we’ve had in 10 years and it was getting better by the minute. We absolutely were on track to be a top-10 finish which we haven’ t done in a while. A serious disappointment for them. A bunch of great guys though and I hate to see it end like that.
“A lot of them are coming back, but I feel sorry for the guys who missed out on the opportunity because man were these guys racers. We had the fifth years – coxswain and the stroke – come back just for this and to have it end like that without really being able to give it their best shot. But these things do happen occasionally.”
On the second varsity and third varsity eights
“The 2V had a brilliant race and got ninth, which in a least the last few years I don’t think we’ve done that well in quite a while. I was real pleased with that, they got after it.
“The freshman boat/3V won the third-level final won going away so that was good for them. They had an excellent finish.”
“All-in-all it was really an excellent regatta. We held our serve even with really a no-go in the final varsity eights race. Hopefully that has used up our allocation of bad luck as that is pretty rare in a big race “
2022 IRA National Championships
June 5, 2022
West Windsor, NJ
Team Standings (Ten Eyck Trophy)
1. Yale, 283; 2. California, 272; 3. Washington, 255; 4. Brown, 247; 5. Dartmouth; 6. Harvard, 236; 7. Syracuse, 213; 8. Princeton, 207; 9. Cornell, 173; 10. Boston University, 169; 11. Wisconsin, 165; 12. Navy, 158; 13. Northeastern, 133; 14. Pennsylvania, 125; 15. Drexel, 124; 16. Temple, 101; 17. Stanford, 92; 18. Oregon State, 80; 19. Columbia, 79; 20. Marist, 36; 21. Santa Clara, 34; 22. Colgate, 25; 23. MIT, 23
Varsity Eight Petite Final (Places 7-12)
1. Dartmouth, 5:49.361; 2. Northeastern, 5:52.257; 3. Princeton, 5:59.435; 4. Cornell, 6:02.545; 5. Navy, 6:04.095; 6. Wisconsin, 6:10.341
UW Lineup – Coxswain James Catalano, Adam Wehking, Joseph Cleary, Edward Brody, Breck Duncan, Dylan Green, Galen Quinn, Isaac Krahn, Olin Fredericks
Second Varsity Eight Petite Final (Places 7-12)
1. Harvard, 6:02.389; 2. Syracuse, 6:07.223; 3. Wisconsin, 6:09.997; 4. Boston University, 6:11.863; 5. Cornell, 6:14.405; 6. Drexel, 6:18.141
UW Lineup – Coxswain Jonah Rane, Aidan Schmidt, Michael Horan, Sebastian Murrell, Garrison Waugh, Walter Stanwood, Lorenzo Miller, Josh Wehking, Matthew King
Third Varsity Eight Third-Level Final (Places 13-16)
1. Wisconsin, 6:13.623;2. Temple, 6:16.573; 3. Oregon State, 6:17.817; 4. Drexel, 6:21.707
UW Lineup – Coxswain Connor Slawin, Jack Turco, Samuel Crowley, Joshua Barth, Henry Voeller