Men’s Varsity Four Wins Final At IRA Championships
By Space Coast Daily // June 3, 2013
Crew beat Colgate, Navy, Penn, Syracuse and Yale
ABOVE VIDEO: The varsity eight raced in the third final of its event against No. 13 Penn, No. 14 Syracuse, No. 15 Georgetown, No. 19 Oregon State and George Washington. FIT was neck-and-neck with the field at the 500-meter mark.
GOLD RIVER, Calif. (Men’s Rowing) – Florida Tech powered out to a lead and never looked back in the varsity four petite final, winning at a time of 6:40.14Sunday on Lake Natoma.
Coxswain Jacqueline Horbert, stroke Frank Campione, Jose Gomez-Feria, Alec Bertossa and bow Carson Green beat crews from Yale, Navy, Colgate, Penn and Syracuse, which finished second through sixth, in order. Yale’s time was 2.56 seconds behind the Panthers.
The varsity eight raced in the third final of its event against No. 13 Penn, No. 14 Syracuse, No. 15 Georgetown, No. 19 Oregon State and George Washington.
FIT was neck-and-neck with the field at the 500-meter mark. Penn, however, began to pull away between the 500 and 1,000. Coxswain Jessica Mellinger, stroke Ernestas Zarskis, Jonas Karalius, Mindaugas Beliauskas, Martynas Mickus, Joe Horn, Plamen Ivanov, JohnMartin and bow Troy Toggweiler tried to make up time, but were edged by Oregon State for fifth place at the finish line.
IRA CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT STONG SEASON
The Panthers’ time was 6:03.01 to the Beavers’ 6:02.61. Penn, the winner of the race at 5:54.36, was followed by Georgetown, George Washington, Syracuse, Oregon State and FIT.
The IRA Championships highlight a strong season for FIT. Both the varsity eight and four won the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. The eight’s win was its fourth in five years. The four then won the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Championship for the first time since 1995. The eight medaled for the fourth straight year in its event at Dad Vail, capturing a bronze medal three weeks ago.
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