Harvard heavyweight crew has been invited to compete in all five races at the IRA National Championships June 4-6 in Sacramento, Calif. This is the first year the regatta has gone to an invitation format. The Crimson lightweight varsity eight was also invited to compete in the lone lightweight race.
The Crimson three eights qualified for the IRA based on their performances at the EARC Sprints. All three boats qualified for the grand finals with the varsity and freshman eights winning finishing second. Harvard will also compete in two fours, the varsity four and the open four.
The varsity eight will be one of 22 boats competing, while the second varsity eight is one of 14 entries, the freshman eight is one of 18, the varsity four is one of 19 and the open four is one of 12 boats slated to compete.
Harvard won the national championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and finished as the runner up in 2007. The Crimson varsity eight, which is 6-0 in dual action, finished third in the Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and was edged by Brown at Sprints.
The lightweight varsity eight also finished second at the EARC Sprints earlier this month. The Crimson went 8-1 in dual action and only one boat has managed to finish ahead of them – top-seeded Princeton. Harvard has won seven national titles with the most recent coming in 2003. The Croimson is one of seven boats in the event.
The heavyweights will be in action beginning June 4, while the lightweights hit the water June 5.