Elihu Reynolds (left) and Ivan Posavec celebrate their IRA medals after crossing the finish line.
CAMDEN, N.J. —The Harvard heavyweight second varsity eight earned a bronze medal, while the varsity eight took fourth place and the Crimson finished fourth in the team competition as the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships wrapped up Saturday on the Cooper River.
Harvard’s freshman eight also raced in its grand final, placing fifth, while the Crimson won the open four petite final and varsity four third-level final. Harvard finished with 165 points in the Ten Eyck Trophy team-scoring formula, two fewer than third-place Cornell. Washington won the trophy, with varsity champion California placing second.
“I thought all of our crews raced really well today,” said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew. “We would have liked to have finished higher in some races, but the level of competition is extremely high and we’re very proud of the way they competed.”
The Harvard varsity eight crossed the line four-fifths of a second after third-place Cornel and finished 7.2 seconds back of the winning Cal crew that missed the course record by about one-fifth of a second. The Crimson and Washington were the early leaders, with the Huskies going ahead after 250 meters and Cal passing them after another 250. The Golden Bears continued to lead with Washington in pursuit, and the two pulled away in the third 500. The Big Red went ahead of the Crimson in that stretch as well and made it to the finish just before Harvard crossed in 5:31.106.
The Crimson second varsity finished its season on a high note, pulling away from the bottom three finishers to capture bronze. After 500 meters, Brown and Washington were ahead of the field, with the other four crews racing level with one another. Harvard charged ahead of the pack near the 800-meter mark and held a one-seat lead on fourth-place Wisconsin after 1,000. The Crimson lengthened the lead from there, finishing 3.9 seconds ahead of the Badgers in 5:38.789. Washington edged Brown by less than two-fifths of a second to win in a new event-record time of 5:32.083.
Harvard’s freshman eight placed fifth in a close grand final. Washington jumped on top early, followed by Cal, with the Crimson, Stanford and Princeton racing even for third. The Crimson charged toward the Golden Bears after a kilometer, but Cornell also made a move. Cal and Princeton responded, and Harvard could not catch up to the medal-winners in the sprint. The Crimson finished in 5:41.979, 6.2 seconds back of the champion Huskies. Cal and Princeton edged Cornell for the final two medals.
The varsity four got Harvard off to a winning start, comfortably taking the third-level final by 11.9 seconds. The Crimson gained an open-water edge in the second 500 meters and had 1.5 lengths of open water with 500 to go. Harvard continued to push from there and finished in 6:30.033. Holy Cross placed second.
The Crimson open four made it two victories in as many races, winning the petite final by 2.6 seconds in 6:33.031. Through 500 meters, Harvard trailed Boston University by a half length and was even with Yale. The Crimson then made its move, drawing even with the Terriers by 800 meters in and going up a half-length by 1,000. The margin reached a length after another 250 meters. Runner-up Princeton finished 1.4 seconds ahead of BU.
Boston University 126
Oregon State 31
Second Varsity Eight
Holy Cross 6:41.933
Saint Joseph's 6:49.031
Boston University 6:37.027