The Saint Joseph's men's rowing team will begin competition in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship Regatta on June 2, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Hawks are sending three boats to the championship – the Varsity 8, the Second Varsity 8 and the Third Varsity 8. The Regatta runs from June 2 to 4.

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The Hawks earned an at-large bid to cap off one of their most successful seasons in school history. All three of those boats medaled at the Dad Vail Regatta with SJU placing third in the men's team standings. SJU is participating in the IRAs for the first time since the current format of varsity-only crews and qualification standards were instituted in 2009.

“The three weeks leading into the IRA have been a whole new season for us. We went back to fundamentals in the first week, worked on base speed the second week, and started polishing up our race plans this week,” said coach Mike Irwin. “We are eager to get to the starting line and continue to move Team #63 forward. We are honored to have been selected as part of this year's IRAs. We want to bring honor to the program with our performances on the water.”

Varsity 8
c- Caroline Bird; 8- Jack Darling; 7- Riley McGwin; 6- Garren Best; 5- Slam Dunkley; 4- David Wong; 3- Keenan Perry ; 2- Thomson Rymer; 1- Claudio Recchilungo

Second Varsity 8
c- Jenn Reynolds; 8- Matt Conlin; 7- Joe Sullivan; 6- Matt Ladd; 5- Kevin Lichtenfels; 4- Devin Swech; 3- Andrew O'Connor; 2- Eric Jones; 1- James Hammerstedt

Third Varsity 8
c- Fiona Conway; 8- Justin Hawkins; 7- David Gee; 6- Justin Aikens; 5- Trevor Tuthill; 4- Josh Bostrom; 3- Bobby Lojewski; 2- Michael Thompson; 1- Julian Palermo

A total of 35 institutions will be represented at this year's regatta on Lake Natoma. The men's heavyweight division has a full-field of 24 crews in the Varsity Eight and Second Eight Categories while the Third Varsity Eight has a record 20 entries. The Varsity Four event will field 25 crews.