Lightweights Earn Bronze Medal at IRA National Championships

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Sacramento, Calif. – The Harvard lightweight varsity eight won a bronze medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships Saturday morning on Lake Natoma.


In the only men’s lightweight race, the Crimson finished less than two second behind archrival Yale for the third place finish. Princeton, who was the earlier leader, capped off an undefeated season with the win. The Tigers finished in 6:02.63, followed by the Bulldogs in 6:07.74 and Harvard in 6:09.10.


Princeton pulled away early and never looked back. Georgetown and Harvard moved away from the rest of the field over the first 300 meters. Midway through the 2,000 meter course, the Crimson were a half length behind Princeton but held a three seat lead over Georgetown.  With 250 meters left in the race, Yale increased its stroke rating and closed the gap against the Crimson. Harvard increased its pace and held them off for several strokes, but the Bulldogs sprinted past the Crimson and reached the finish line just before the Crimson.


The varsity eight was comprised of seniors Moritz Hafner, Jeff Overington, and Stephen Barchik, and juniors Martin Eiermann, Dexter Louie (cox), Michael Silvestri  and Andrew Trott and sophomore Will Newell and Jared Dourdeville.


This is the second medal for the Crimson in the last three years. Harvard did not row at last year’s IRA regatta due to graduation.

Harvard went 8-1 in dual racing this season and won a silver at the EARC Sprints in May.