Varsity Silver Highlights Four-Medal Day for Harvard Heavyweights at IRA
CAMDEN, N.J.—The Crimson varsity eight finished second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, pacing a four-medal performance as Harvard heavyweight crew also placed second in the team competition.
The Harvard second varsity eight also earned a silver medal, while the freshman eight and open four each took bronze. The varsity four placed second in its third-level final. The varsity medal was the Crimson's first since 2007. Washington took the national title with a 2.7-second varsity win and also claimed the Ten Eyck team trophy.
"It was a good day; all the crews rowed very well," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "It was a great varsity race. The guys feel good about it. We knew Washington would be fast, and they just ended up being too strong."
The varsity field was tightly packed in the early going, and Brown held the lead after 500 meters with Harvard tied for fourth. Washington caught the Bears in the second 500, and all six boats were within a half-length of one another at the midway point. Harvard climbed into second place and then kicked up its stroke rating heading into the final 500.
Washington withstood the Harvard sprint to hold on for the win, while the Crimson got to the line in 5:33.302, beating defending national champion California by one-tenth of a second. The Huskies became the first team to defeat the Crimson this season, a day after Harvard handed Washington its first loss in the semifinals.
The second varsity grand final was a two-boat race with open water separating Washington and Harvard from the rest of the pack. The Huskies led by about a boat length with 600 meters to go, but the Crimson charged with a strong sprint. Washington held on for the gold, finishing 1.5 seconds before Harvard crossed the line in 5:38.526.
The freshman eight took bronze in 5:39.810. Cal's undefeated rookies led throughout, while Washington and Harvard battled for silver. The Huskies were in front of the Crimson early, but the Crimson moved into second for much of the race before Washington won the sprint to the end. Harvard was less than a half-second behind Washington and 2.7 back of Cal.
The Crimson open four placed third in 6:31.123. Washington led by a boat-deck through 500 meters, with Wisconsin and Harvard fighting for second. Those three boats soon pulled away from the rest of the field. The Huskies went on to win by three seconds, with Wisconsin 4.2 seconds ahead of Harvard. The Crimson's time of 6:31.123 was nearly five seconds faster than that of fourth-place Navy.
The varsity four was Harvard's first heavyweight boat to take the water. The Crimson placed second in 6:41.101, edging Cal by three-tenths of a second and finishing 2.5 seconds behind winner Yale.
Boston University 5:43.406
UC San Diego 6:05.114
Boston University 99
UC San Diego 38
Second Varsity Eight
Boston University 5:52.866
UC San Diego 6:01.969
Boston University 5:42.006
UC San Diego 6:01.466
George Washington 6:25.627
Holy Cross 6:31.071
Boston University 6:46.161