CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight crew dedicated a new racing shell in honor of former captain Campbell Rogers ’83 Thursday afternoon at Newell Boathouse.
Rogers was the captain of the 1983 varsity crew, which won the Eastern Sprints and then went on to win the first of Harvard’s six national championships at the Cincinnati Regatta in a great come-from-behind victory over Washington.
Several members of the Rogers family were on hand for the dedication, along with the Crimson oarsmen training to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta. Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew, shared a few words of thanks to the Rogers family, including Hartley Rogers, Campbell’s father. Hartley and Campbell Rogers also addressed those in attendance.
The new Empacher shell has already served the Crimson well. It was delivered to Red Top in time for the 146th Harvard-Yale Regatta, and the Harvard second varsity eight rowed it to a 30-second victory over the Bulldogs, setting a three-mile course record in the process. The Crimson second varsity also captured a silver medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in the new boat.