The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) brings together institutions of higher education that compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate rowing in the United States. The IRA seeks, to organize, manage, and promote the sport of intercollegiate rowing, and to annually hold a postseason intercollegiate national rowing championship called the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships, that supports the highest level of competition among top intercollegiate heavyweight men’s, lightweight men’s and women’s rowing teams, as defined by selection criteria.
The IRA National Championships have been held since 1895 and serve as the National Championship for men's heavyweight, men's lightweight and women's lightweight rowing.
Host Sites of the IRA
Hudson River - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
1895-97, 1899-1919 and 1921-51
Saratoga Lake - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Cayuga Lake - Cayuga Lake, N.Y.
Ohio River - Marietta, Ohio
Onondaga Lake - Syracuse, N.Y.
Cooper River - Camden County, N.J.
1993, 1995-2008, 2010-12
Lake Natoma - Gold River, Calif.
2009, 2013, 2017, 2019
Mercer Lake - West Windsor, N.J.
IRA Course Overall Records
Washington 5:21.482 (2012 Grand Final)
Lightweight Varsity Eight
Princeton 5:36.06 (2010 Grand Final)
Lightweight Women's Eight
Stanford 6:28.20 (2010 Grand Final)
Second Varsity Eight
Washington 5:31.616 (2012 Grand Final)
Washington 5:31.902 (2012 Grand Final)
Varsity Four with Cox
Washington 6:12.258 (2012 Grand Final)
Varsity Four w/o Cox
Wisconsin 6:09.22 (2002 Grand Final)
Open Four w/Cox
Washington 6:15.257 (2012 Grand Final)
Freshman Four w/Cox
Washington 6:25.93 (2008 Grand Final)
Temple University 6:47.16 (2007 Grand Final)
Trophies & Past Champions
This trophy, which was originally awarded as the Overall Women's Point Trophy, was inaugurated in 1996 and is now presented annually by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the winner of the Women's Lightweight National Championships race.
A replica of the original hand-carved mahogany plaque, the Ten Eyck Trophy pays just honor and respect to James Ten Eyck, Syracuse University's revered and famed crew coach from 1903-1938. The trophy is given by the Syracuse Regatta Association.
Awarded to the Men's Lightweight program that accumulates the most points between the Lightweight Eight, Lightweight Four w/coxswain and Lightweight Four w/o coxswain events.
Established in 2004, the Chapman Trophy is awarded annually to the school which has generated the greatest increase in the total Ten Eyck point count accumulated in the men's heavyweight eight-oared events as compared to the total from the previous year.
This trophy was originally presented to the IRA in 1898 by Davidson Kennedy of the University of Pennsylvania, as a trophy for four-oared races. This trophy is now annually awarded to the winner of the Men's Heavyweight Second Varsity Eight.
The Stewards Cup was presented in 1900 to the IRA by Francis S. Banks of Columbia University. The trophy is currently awarded to the Men's Third Varsity Eight Champions and was previously presented to the winners of the Freshman Heavyweight Eight Champions until 2017.
This hand-carved plaque, donated to the IRA by Adolph L. Sebell in memory of Eric W. Will, goes to the Varsity Four with Coxswain Champions. Mr. Will was a prime mover in bringing the IRA to Syracuse and was a founder of the Syracuse Regatta Association.
The Healy Cup was donated in 2016 by Georgetown University in memory of Georgetown President Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J. The cup is awarded to the winners of the Men's Lightweight Four with Coxswain.
Donated by Stanford University and awarded to the winners of the Women's Lightweight Four since the 2016 regatta, the trophy dates winners back to 2007 when the event was held as an exhibition race.
This trophy was given for the first time in 1974 to the winner of the Varsity Four without Coxswain. Dr Hoople was active in the Syracuse University crew program and was a member of the Syracuse Regatta Association. This event is no longer contested.