The Hobart College rowing team will cap what is arguably its most successful season ever in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships which begin Friday, May 30 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, N.J. The Statesmen will battle the nation’s best crews in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and third varsity eight events.
The three-day championship will be webcast by USRowing on YouTube with live results available at ira.qra.org.
As a varsity program (since 1998), Hobart is making its 10th overall appearance at the national championship regatta and first since 2011. The Statesmen 1V returns to the IRAs for the first time since finishing 22nd in 2003. This will be the first time Hobart’s 2V and 3V have competed in the national championships.
The Statesmen have medaled seven times at nationals, capturing gold in the freshman four in 2003 and in the varsity pair in 1993 and 1994.
Ranked 19th in the nation in the latest USRowing poll, the 1V will race in its opening heat on Friday at 8:15 a.m. The Statesmen will face a talented and deep field, taking on No. 3 Harvard, No. 6 Northeastern, No. 11 Columbia, No. 14 Penn, and Drexel.
The Hobart 2V will take to the water at 9:30 a.m. for its heat. The Statesmen will race against Columbia, Holy Cross, Navy, Princeton, and Syracuse.
The Statesmen 3V will wrap up the first morning at 10:45 a.m., taking on Harvard, Navy, Princeton, Syracuse, and Washington.
The top two finishers in each heat will progress to Saturday’s semifinals with the other four crews racing in Friday afternoon’s repechages.
Hobart’s 1V is undefeated entering the championships. The Statesmen captured gold medals at the ECAC NIRC, New York State, and Liberty League championships as well as at the Knecht Cup. Hobart was ranked as high as No. 17 in the USRowing poll this spring.
The Statesmen 2V won gold medals at the Liberty League and New York State championships and earned a bronze medal at the ECAC NIRC. The 3V earned a gold at States, a silver at ECACs and, competing in the varsity eight event, a bronze at Liberty Leagues.