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Berl Named IRA Lightweight Coach of the Year, V8 Earns Crew of the Year

IRA national champions honored with postseason accolades.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard-Radcliffe head coach Lou Berl has been named the IRA Women's Lightweight Coach of the Year, while the varsity eight earned the IRA Crew of the Year accolades, the organization announced Monday.

In her first season as the head lightweight coach at Radcliffe, Berl was selected by her peers as the Lightweight Coach of the Year. It is the first Intercollegiate Rowing Association Women's Lightweight Crew of the Year distinction for Harvard-Radcliffe.

Berl, completing her first year as the head lightweight coach at Radcliffe, led the varsity eight to its first IRA National Championship title since 1997 and seventh overall in program history. She was also named the CRCA Lightweight Coach of the Year.

The Black and White varsity eight was down seven seats with just 500 meters to race at the IRA National Championships. An incredible sprint led Radcliffe to the title, finishing under one second ahead of Stanford and third-place finisher Bucknell. The Black and White opened the season ranked third in the nation before taking over the top position on April 23 and sustaining it through the remainder of the season. Radcliffe finished the year with an unblemished 7-0 record and won the Eastern Sprints for the second-straight year.