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Statesmen Headed to Nationals

The Hobart College rowing team will send three boats to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships in Gold River, Calif. The Statesmen will begin racing Friday, June 1, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. All three of Hobart’s crews are ranked in their respective US Rowing Coaches Poll. The varsity eight is No. 23, the second varsity eight is No. 19, and the third varsity eight is No. 17.

The three-day championship will be webcast by US Rowing on YouTube and live results will be available at ira.qra.org. Results can also be found on the IRA Results App, and is available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

As a varsity program (since 1998), Hobart is making its 14th overall appearance at the national championship regatta and its second on the West Coast. In 2017, the second varsity eight finished sixth (18th overall) in the third level final, and the varsity eight finished second in the fourth level final (21st overall) on Lake Natoma.

The Statesmen have medaled seven times at nationals, capturing gold in the freshman four in 2003 and the varsity pair in 1993 and 1994.

Hobart’s varsity eight will start the day for the Statesmen Friday, at 11:40 a.m. (8:40 a.m. PT). The Statesmen will race in the third heat taking on No. 3 California, No. 6 Princeton, No. 11 Dartmouth, No. 14 Stanford, and No. 19 Florida Institute of Technology. No. 1 Yale has won the past two varsity eight races.

Hobart’s 2V8 will take the water next at 12:40 p.m. (9:40 a.m. PT). The Statesmen will compete in the third heat, racing the No. 3 Golden Bears, the No. 6 Bulldogs, No. 11 Navy, No. 14 Pennsylvania and the No. 25 Panthers. No. 1 Washington has been the defending second varsity eight champion for the past two years.

Hobart’s 3V8 will begin racing in the first heat at 1:10 p.m. (10:10 a.m. PT). The Statesmen will face the No. 1 Huskies, the No. 8 Big Green, No. 9 Northeastern, and the No. 17 Cardinal. Washington has won the past two third varsity eight races.

Hobart’s varsity eight secured a bid to the IRAs by winning a gold medal at the NIRCs on Lake Quinsigamond, May 12. The Statesmen defeated Michigan by 1.232 seconds to secure the win. The varsity eight was also named the 2018-19 Liberty League Crew of the Year after winning gold at the Liberty League Championships.

The Statesmen’s 2V8 also secured a bid to the IRAs by defeating Michigan, nabbing another NIRC gold medal. Hobart also collected a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships, defeating Ithaca by three seconds. The 2V8 earned a win over Stanford at the Stanford Invitational in April.

Hobart’s third varsity eight completed the sweep at the NIRCs, edging Boston College by 0.108 seconds to secure another gold for the Statesmen.

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