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The Intercollegiate Rowing Association
Intercollegiate Rowing Association
runs the IRA National Championship
Championship
Regatta, which is considered to be the United States collegiate national championship of rowing. Since 1895, it has been held in numerous locations, such as the Cooper River in Pennsauken, New Jersey. This regatta includes both men's and women's (lightweight) events for sweep boats of all sizes. Today, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Navy, and Syracuse are members of the association. Each year these five schools choose whom to invite to the regatta and are responsible for its organization along with the ECAC. The IRA is the oldest college rowing championship in the United States. The IRA governs intercollegiate rowing between varsity/club rowing programs across the United States.[1] It is the direct successor to the Rowing Association of American Colleges, the first collegiate athletic organization in the United States,[2] which operated from 1870–1894.

Contents

1 History 2 Champions 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

The University of Wisconsin varsity sport rowing team competing in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association
Intercollegiate Rowing Association
regatta on June 11, 1914 at the Poughkeepsie Bridge

Columbia, Cornell and Pennsylvania were the organizing stewards of the IRA Regatta
Regatta
first held on the Hudson River
Hudson River
at Poughkeepsie, New York, on June 24, 1895. The format through 1967 with the exception of 1964 was to line all the entries in the race onto stake-boats and fire a shotgun for the start. In the last race of this format in 1967 on Onondaga Lake, in Syracuse, New York, 16 varsity crews waited for the gun to begin their three-mile race — winner take all. The format was changed in the Olympic year, 1968, to heats and finals over a 2000-meter, six-lane course. This heat-rep-final, six-lane, 2000 meter format continues today.[3] Since the 1920s, when the West Coast crews — notably California and Washington — began to attend and regularly win, most crews considered the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's championship (known as the IRA) to be a de facto national championship. Two important crews, Harvard and Yale, however, did not participate in the heavyweight divisions of the event. (After losing to Cornell in 1897, Harvard and Yale chose to avoid the IRA, so as not to diminish the Harvard–Yale Regatta. It soon became part of each school's tradition not to go). And beginning in 1973, Washington decided to skip the IRA because of change in schedule conflicted with its finals. Washington, however, returned to the regatta in 1995. In 2003, after an absence of over one hundred years, Harvard and Yale decided to participate. The Harvard Freshman eight competed at the 1970 IRA Regatta, finishing seventh in the Freshman event. Champions[edit]

For collegiate rowing champions (U.S.), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Rowing For IRA "men's varsity heavyweight eights" champions (1895–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Varsity Openweight Eights For IRA "men's varsity lightweight eights" champions (1988–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Varsity Lightweight Eights For IRA "men's overall points" champions (1952–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Overall Points For IRA "women's varsity lightweight eights" champions (1997–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Varsity Lightweight Eights For IRA "men's varsity lightweight fours" champions (2011–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Lightweight Fours.2FPairs For IRA "women's varsity lightweight fours" champions (2007–present), see: Intercollegiate sports team champions#Lightweight Fours.2FPairs

See also[edit]

National Collegiate Rowing Championship Poughkeepsie Regatta

References[edit]

^ http://www.row2k.com/ira/2012/05182012IRA110thInvitationandEntry.pdf ^ "Rowing Association of American Colleges". Retrieved 2009-12-16.  ^ List of Champions

External links[edit]

IRA coverage on row2k Regatta
Regatta
coverage on RegattaCentral

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