Video of the Week: Syracuse's Road to the 2012 IRA
While the headline story on the heavyweight side of the regatta is, without question, the incredible performance of the Washington men's team from top to bottom, there are a number of other crews deserving of recognition, not least of which is Syracuse. The Orange had a fantastic regatta, racing well in the heat, and even better in the rep on Thursday afternoon, when they edged Yale by 0.19 for a place in the A/B semi. But the Orange weren't done. In the semifinal, No. 8 Syracuse chased down No. 5 Princeton, edging the Tigers for a place in the varsity eight grand final on Saturday. Having already achieved excellent results, the Orange stepped up and had a great race in the grands, placing fifth overall ahead of a Boston University crew that had been moving quite well throughout the weekend. The fifth-place finish marked the best for the program in 22 years.
The above video shows that head coach Dave Reischman and the Syracuse varsity men's performance was no accident–the crew executed a training plan specifically designed to address a likely scenario, and knew exactly what to do come race day, showing that LAG (or, Life After Gennaro) may not be all bad on Onondaga Lake. (Just kidding Mike!)
For complete IRA results: ira.qra.org
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