June 1, 2012
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CAMDEN, N.J. - Seeded ninth, the varsity eight boat led the Boston University men's crew with a convincing victory over No. 4 California and No. 5 Wisconsin to reach the Grand Final at the IRA National Championship Regatta Friday afternoon on the Cooper River.
Placing ahead of the Golden Bears for the second consecutive day, the Terriers advance to their second Grand Final under fourth-year head coach Thomas Bohrer. Coxed by senior Bobby McGee and stroked by junior Matthew Given, BU posted a time of 6:19.018, finishing four seconds behind No. 1 Washington but a comfortable six seconds ahead of Cal. They also eliminated the Badgers, No. 7 Navy and No. 11 Yale from contention for the title.
Records are incomplete, but over the past three decades, sophomores Moritz Franz, Lenny Futterman and Kyle Peabody are the only ones to have helped BU reach the Grand Final in the varsity eight a year after reaching the Grand in the freshman eight during the previous season. In 2011, they keyed the Terriers to a fifth-place result, marking the best-ever performance by the boat at the IRAs.
The Terriers will next race for the national championship at 11:45 a.m. against No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Brown, No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 California and No. 8 Syracuse.
In the other three semifinal races, BU finished out of the top three, placing the second varsity eight, freshman eight and varsity four boats in the Petite Finals on Saturday.
The V4 will race at 8:55 a.m. and will be followed by the F8 at 10 a.m. and the 2V8 at 10:30 a.m.
Varsity Eight #2 (1-3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final)
1) Washington - 6:14.951
2) Boston U. - 6:19.018
Cox - Bobby McGee, Stroke - Matthew Given, 7 - Kosta Gioulekas, 6 - Kyle Peabody, 5 - Andrew Reswow, 4 - David Fette, 3 - Marko Bezbradica, 2 - Lenny Futterman, Bow - Moritz Franz
3) California - 6:25.350
4) Wisconsin - 6:30.078
5) Navy - 6:33.564
6) Yale - 6:38.917
Second Varsity Eight #2 (1-3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final)
1) California - 6:19.471
2) Wisconsin - 6:21.003
3) Brown - 6:23.347
4) Cornell - 6:26.354
5) Pennsylvania - 6:26.891
6) Boston U. - 6:40.172
Cox - Allison Pescatore, Stroke - Danny Neilson, 7 - Joe Gartland, 6 - Charles Ruprecht, 5 - Alex Keiser, 4 - Griffin Duffy, 3 - Thaddeus Babiec, 2 - Kyle Jones, Bow - Andrew Ruprecht
Freshman Eight #1 (1-3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final)
1) Washington - 6:03.216
2) Northeastern - 6:07.589
3) Harvard - 6:12.133
4) Wisconsin - 6:14.490
5) Boston U. - 6:20.389
Cox - Lauren Harvey, Stroke - Tim Giroux, 7 - Gregor Dierks, 6 - Tomas Weaver, 5 - Greg Schneiter, 4 - JP Aftring, 3 - Kep Edwards, 2 - Avery Watterworth, Bow - Kevin Jones
6) Navy - 6:30.328
Varsity Four #1 (1-3 to Grand Final; 4-6 to Petite Final)
1) Washington - 7:10.890
2) California - 7:16.081
3) Northeastern - 7:19.716
4) Temple - 7:23.153
5) Boston U. - 7:31.919
Cox - Justin Rau, Stroke - John Szramiak, 3 - Thomas Morrison, 2 - Joe Thilman, Bow - Ted Beck
6) Yale - 7:35.210