SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Highlighted by a silver medal performances in the varsity eight grand final, the Boston University women's lightweight rowing team finished as National Runner-Up at the IRA National Championship Regatta on Sunday.
On the day, the Terriers won a silver and two bronze medals and finished second in team points to IRA National Champion Stanford for the second-consecutive year.
IRA National Championship Regatta
Lake Natoma - Sacramento, Calif.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• In Sunday's varsity eight grand final, the No. 3 varsity eight boat, coxed by sophomore Taylor Alix
and stroked by classmate Janice Hagerman
took on No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Harvard, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Princeton and No. 8 Georgetown. Stanford got out to an early lead with BU in second and Princeton in third. Stanford extended its lead throughout the race and had open water at the 1000 meter mark. Princeton tried to challenge BU for second over the final 500 meters but BU answered and led Princeton by a full length with 100 meters to go. Stanford won gold and the V8 national championship title with a time of 6:25.39, while BU took silver (6:30.60) and Princeton won bronze (6:32.89). Wisconsin finished fourth (6:36.44) while Harvard was fifth (6:36.67) and Georgetown sixth (6:42.20).
• Looking to defend its 2016 IRA Championship title in the lightweight double, the Terriers competed in the grand final against Stanford, Wisconsin, Princeton, Harvard and MIT in the first race of the day. Wisconsin got out to an early lead, followed by Stanford and BU close behind. Stanford took the lead from Wisconsin before the 500 meter mark and began to pull away from the pack as BU settled into third, well ahead of Princeton, Harvard and MIT. The BU double, made up of senior Mariah Ippolito
and freshman Peyton Lancaster
, finished third with a time 7:50.50 to win bronze. Stanford took gold with a time of 7:34.70 and Wisconsin won silver (7:43.10). BU finished ahead of Princeton (7:55.75), Harvard (8:02.66) and MIT (8:35.49).
• The BU varsity four, stroked by sophomore Samantha Wapner
, competed in the grand final race against Stanford, Wisconsin, MIT, Princeton, Harvard and Tulsa. Stanford moved ahead early with BU and Wisconsin even for second place at the 500 meter mark. Stanford pulled away over the second half of the race leaving little doubt about the race winner as BU and Wisconsin battled for second. Wisconsin built a length lead with 100 meters to go and held of for silver with BU taking bronze. Race-winner Stanford finished with a time of 7:20.91, followed by Wisconsin (7:27.63) and BU (7:32.73). The BU finished well ahead of MIT (7:41.01), Harvard (7:45.41), Princeton (7:47.16) and Tulsa (7:54.74).
• With its silver medal performance, BU earned 33 points to finish the regatta with 63 points and in second place behind 2017 IRA Lightweight Champion Stanford (72 points).
FINAL POINT STANDINGS
Stanford - 72 points (IRA National Champions)
BU - 63
Wisconsin - 60
Princeton - 53
Harvard -- 48
MIT - 43
Tulsa - 27
Georgetown - 21
For a complete recap of Saturday's action click HERE
Cox: Taylor Alix
8: Janice Hagerman
7: Leigh Shanor
6: Gemma Junkinsmith
5: Makayla Karr-Warner
4: Sarah Maietta
3: Kamila Vasquez
2: Amy Connell
1: Riona McCormick
4: Samantha Wapner
3: Frances Hausmann
2: Michelle Seo
1: Olivia Osbourn
Stroke: Mariah Ippolito
Bow: Peyton Lancaster