Men's Rowing Receives Berth Into First-Ever IRA DIII National Championship

MEDFORD - The Tufts University men's rowing team has been rewarded for its sucess this season including their third-place finish in NESCAC by receiving an at-large berth into the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Natonal Championship Regatta coming up June 3-4 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey.

The IRA National Championship is the oldest college rowing championship in the United States, and for the first-time ever in 2022 it will include a Division III Championship. Seven teams earned the inaugural DIII berths including the Jumbos, who are coached by George Munger. Williams, Bates, Trinity, WPI, Hamilton and Washington College will also compete.

Each team's first varsity eight will go head-to-head twice in seven-lane racing at the historic venue. On the Friday (June 3) they will race for lane placement in Satuday's (June 4) championship event.

Expected to compete for Tufts are Rachel Halliday (cox), William Landers, Alex Maykel, Nick Kuranda, Ryan Hankins, Eoghan Downey, Alex Williams, John Griffin (pictured) and Henry Ross. George Lakis and Harrison Sweet from the 2V8 will be alternates.

The Jumbos have been ranked second or third in the IRA Division III poll all season, and are currently #2. Williams is at #1, Bates is third, Triinity is fourth and WPI is fifth as of May 4. Tufts was third behind Williams and Bates at the NESCAC competition held as part of the National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond yesterday. The Jumbos were fourth in the grand final at the New England Rowing Championships on April 30, ahead of Bates and behind Williams.

The push to include Division III teams at the IRA Championships was led by Gary Caldwell, the longtime Tufts coach and current Commissioner of the IRA.

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