Men’s Varsity 8 ready for history at IRA Regatta
After two days of training off site and two days of training on the race course, the JU Men’s Varsity 8 will set history on Thursday by competing in the first heat of the 108th Intercollegiate Rowing Championships (IRA) Regatta on the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J.

The Men’s Varsity 8, consisting of coxswain Tom Richards, Dylan Kosten, Eric Negaard, Sebastian Kuhn, Isaac LaCount, John Gerety, Andy Davis, Kevin Friedlander and Tyler Humphrey, becomes the first JU Varsity 8 boat in program history to earn the right to compete in the oldest collegiate rowing championship in the United States. The boat will also be the first JU boat to compete in the event since the Varsity 4 and Pair competed in 1974.

The squad, which earned national acclaim for its victory over No. 19 Temple to claim the Murphy Cup on April 4, was one of 18 boats across the nation to be selected to compete in the event, joining Boston, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Northeastern, Oregon State, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse, U.S. Naval Academy, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin and Yale.

The MV8 will open the event in Heat 3 against Navy, Dartmouth, Washington, Wisconsin and Stanford at 8:30 a.m.

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