Sunday, June 8, 2008

Gonzaga Impressive at IRA National Championships

Few sports require as much preparation and hard work as collegiate crew. There is little rest and many early wake-ups for the student-athletes that take part in rowing. Yesterday in Camden, New Jersey, the members of the Gonzaga men's rowing team saw all their hard work materialize into some very impressive finishes at the IRA National Championships.

The Gonzaga Mens 8+ boats both impressed today as the freshman boat secured there place as 13th in the nation by winning the third-level final race on Saturday. The freshman rowed an impressive 5 minute and 53 second race, edging out Cornell by 1.5 seconds. It was only the second time that Gonzaga has entered a freshman 8+ boat into the competition and needless to say, the Bulldogs have cemented their place as one of the premier crew teams in the nation.

The Varsity 8+ boat continued building on the Gonzaga reputation in New Jersey by securing their place in the top-25 . The Zags varsity team finished an impressive 3rd in the fourth level final on Saturday. With that finish they locked up the 21st ranking in the nation. The Zags varsity team was making their first ever appearance in the IRA National Championships and just like the freshman they made a huge splash in the waters of New Jersey. Congrats to the Men's rowing team on all of their accomplishments this year. There is no doubt that the future is extremely bright for these young men.

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