Men’s Rowing Eyes IRA Qualification at Western Sprints Regatta

Three Bronco boats will race at Saturday's Western Sprints Regatta.
Three Bronco boats will race at Saturday's Western Sprints Regatta.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara men's rowing will head to Lake Natoma for the second time in as many weeks and third time this year for Saturday's Western Sprints Regatta. The Broncos are looking to qualify for their second straight IRA National Championship Regatta, which will take place in the first week of June.

Santa Clara is slated to race against Gonzaga, Oklahoma City, San Diego and UC San Diego with automatic qualification for the IRA regatta up for grabs. 

"This will be a very competitive field and we are looking to return to the East Coast to compete for the national championship again this year," head coach Jay Farwell said. "We have had a very solid season to date but all of that has been preparation for this weekend. Everything we do throughout the year is focused on the Western Sprints."


Varsity 8 (Top two qualify for IRAs): Gonzaga, Oklahoma City, San Diego, UC San Diego, Santa Clara 

2nd Varsity 8: Gonzaga, San Diego, UC San Diego, Santa Clara

3rd Varsity 8: Gonzaga, UC San Diego, Santa Clara

"The team has been preparing this week and things are going well," Farwell said. "I expect all three of our boats to have a very solid performance." 

The Broncos are coming off a three-medal performance at the WIRA Championships May 1. The Varsity 8 boat won its first WIRA title while the Novice 8 and Novice 4 boats each captured silver medals. Peter Morton and Grant Findlay were each named First Team All-WIRA and Farwell received WIRA Coach of the Year honors for the second season in a row.

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