National Championships Sunday: Three Harvard Varsity Eights Look for IRA Titles

GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Three Harvard University varsity eight crews will have the opportunity for national titles at The 111th IRA National Championships Sunday. Harvard's men's heavyweights, men's lightweights and women's lightweights will be in action on Lake Natoma with all the racing viewable live at beginning at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST).

Harvard is looking to become the first school to sweep both the men's heavyweight and lightweight varsity eight races since 2003, when the Crimson was double winners. Princeton is the only other institution to have accomplished the feat, coming in 1998. Harvard has never won all three IRA championships in the same year and last won both the men's and women's lightweight titles in 1997.

The 111th IRA National Championships
Sunday Schedule | Live Splits | Official Results | Live Video

Men's Heavyweights (Saturday Recap)
No. 2 Varsity Eight – IRA Titles: 3 (Last: 2005)
Grand Final |12:20 p.m. PST
In lane order: Princeton, Cal, Washington, Harvard, Northeastern, Brown

No. 2 Freshman Eight
Grand Final | 10:55 a.m.
Penn, Cornell, Brown, Washington, Harvard, Cal

Second Varsity
Petite Final | 11:05 a.m.
Syracuse, Harvard, Wisconsin, Cornell, Penn, Yale

Open Four
Petite Final | 9:12 a.m.
Holy Cross, Penn, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Gonzaga

Men's Lightweights
No. 1 Varsity Eight – IRA Titles: 8 (Last: 2012)
Heat 1 | 8 a.m.
Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown
Top three advance to the 12:45 p.m. grand final

Lightweight Four
Heat 2 | 8:40 a.m.
MIT, Harvard, Wisconsin, MSOE
Top three advance to the 10:28 a.m. grand final

Women's Lightweights (Saturday Recap)
No. 1 Varsity Eight – IRA Titles: 1 (1997)
Grand Final | 11:35 a.m.
Georgetown, Bucknell, Stanford, Radcliffe, Wisconsin, Princeton

Varsity Four
Grand Final | 9 a.m.
Princeton, Fordham, Wisconsin, Stanford, MIT