Terrier Twelve - #9: Women’s Lightweight Rowing Finishes as National Runner-Up at IRAs

Terrier Twelve - #9: Women’s Lightweight Rowing Finishes as National Runner-Up at IRAs



For the 10th straight year, GoTerriers.com will once again count down the top 12 achievements of Boston University teams and student-athletes from the previous year. Check back each Tuesday and Friday as we reveal this year's Terrier Twelve.
 
Coming in at No. 9 is the women's lightweight rowing team finishing as national runner-up at the IRA National Championship Regatta.
 
The Terriers entered the season ranked No. 2 in the country and maintained that high ranking with several big performances during their spring season. At the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J., the Terriers' V8 boat raced against openweight and lightweight competition and earned silver medals in both the openweight and lightweight grand finals. The following week, the Terriers defeated local rivals Harvard and MIT to win their second-consecutive Beanpot Trophy. In late April, BU won gold in the lightweight varsity eight race at the Doc Hosea Invite before heading to Sacramento Calif. to compete at the IRA National Championship Regatta on June 3 to 4.
 
On day one of the IRAs, BU easily advanced all three of its boats to Sunday's grand final races.
 
The BU varsity four boat and the lightweight double boat both finished third in their grand final races to earn bronze medals. Those finishes earned BU 30 team points, good for third place overall behind Stanford and Wisconsin entering the final race of the championship, the varsity eight grand final.
 
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. 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 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).
 
With its silver medal performance in the V8 race, BU earned 33 points to jump ahead of Wisconsin and into second place. BU finished the regatta with 63 points behind only 2017 IRA champion Stanford, who finished with 72 points.
 
The second-place finish was the second-consecutive year that BU finished as national runner-up at the IRAs. With their impressive performance in the V8 boat at the IRAs, senior Makayla Karr-Warner and sophomore Janice Hagerman both earned CRCA Lightweight All-American honors for the second-consecutive year.

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