FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2020
After extended deliberation, IRA Commissioner Gary Caldwell in conjunction with the Board of Stewards of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) announces the cancellation of the 118th IRA National Championship Regatta.
Further, the USRowing Collegiate series affiliated regattas; Women's Sprints, National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) and Men's Sprints regattas have also been canceled.
The well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, referee corps, and local volunteers came to the forefront of this decision. With caution being issued by health experts to practice social distancing, coupled with professional leagues and events suspending play, and experienced administrators at the NCAA and other organizations taking drastic steps to cancel their respective spring championships, we feel it is morally and ethically responsible to make the same determination.
Please know this decision did not come lightly and we share in the disappointment for all of our attendees. To our student-athletes, we expect additional information in the coming weeks regarding season of eligibility waivers and will communicate as appropriate with your institutional compliance office staff.