Varsity Silver Highlights Four-Medal Day for Harvard Heavyweights at IRA

The varsity eight rowed away with their silver medals.
The varsity eight rowed away with their silver medals.

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CAMDEN, N.J.—The Crimson varsity eight finished second at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, pacing a four-medal performance as Harvard heavyweight crew also placed second in the team competition.

The Harvard second varsity eight also earned a silver medal, while the freshman eight and open four each took bronze. The varsity four placed second in its third-level final. The varsity medal was the Crimson's first since 2007. Washington took the national title with a 2.7-second varsity win and also claimed the Ten Eyck team trophy.

"It was a good day; all the crews rowed very well," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "It was a great varsity race. The guys feel good about it. We knew Washington would be fast, and they just ended up being too strong."

The varsity field was tightly packed in the early going, and Brown held the lead after 500 meters with Harvard tied for fourth. Washington caught the Bears in the second 500, and all six boats were within a half-length of one another at the midway point. Harvard climbed into second place and then kicked up its stroke rating heading into the final 500.

Washington withstood the Harvard sprint to hold on for the win, while the Crimson got to the line in 5:33.302, beating defending national champion California by one-tenth of a second. The Huskies became the first team to defeat the Crimson this season, a day after Harvard handed Washington its first loss in the semifinals.

The second varsity grand final was a two-boat race with open water separating Washington and Harvard from the rest of the pack. The Huskies led by about a boat length with 600 meters to go, but the Crimson charged with a strong sprint. Washington held on for the gold, finishing 1.5 seconds before Harvard crossed the line in 5:38.526.

The freshman eight took bronze in 5:39.810. Cal's undefeated rookies led throughout, while Washington and Harvard battled for silver. The Huskies were in front of the Crimson early, but the Crimson moved into second for much of the race before Washington won the sprint to the end. Harvard was less than a half-second behind Washington and 2.7 back of Cal.

The Crimson open four placed third in 6:31.123. Washington led by a boat-deck through 500 meters, with Wisconsin and Harvard fighting for second. Those three boats soon pulled away from the rest of the field. The Huskies went on to win by three seconds, with Wisconsin 4.2 seconds ahead of Harvard. The Crimson's time of 6:31.123 was nearly five seconds faster than that of fourth-place Navy.

The varsity four was Harvard's first heavyweight boat to take the water. The Crimson placed second in 6:41.101, edging Cal by three-tenths of a second and finishing 2.5 seconds behind winner Yale.

Varsity Eight
Grand Final
Washington 5:30.623
Harvard 5:33.302
California 5:33.406
Wisconsin 5:34.038
Brown 5:36.899
Princeton 5:38.500

Petite Final
Cornell 5:41.526
Stanford 5:42.892
Syracuse 5:43.120
Yale 5:43.269
Navy 5:49.024
Georgetown 5:53.262

Third-Level Final
Boston University 5:43.406
Dartmouth 5:46.021
Columbia 5:46.739
Penn 5:52.877
Gonzaga 6:03.112
UC San Diego 6:05.114

Team Standings
Washington 195
Harvard 184
California 173
Princeton 155
Brown 142
Wisconsin 138
Cornell 135
Yale 99
Boston University 99
Navy 97
Syracuse 92
Stanford 85
Dartmouth 67
Penn 48
Columbia 47
UC San Diego 38
Georgetown 35
Gonzaga 31

Second Varsity Eight
Grand Final
Washington 5:36.969
Harvard 5:38.526
Wisconsin 5:46.485
Princeton 5:50.093
Cornell 5:50.789
California 5:50.791

Petite Final
Yale 5:46.992
Brown 5:49.190
Syracuse 5:51.263
Boston University 5:52.866
Penn 5:53.261
Navy 5:53.782
Dartmouth 6:02.877

Third-Level Final
Gonzaga 6:01.537
UC San Diego 6:01.969

Freshman Eight

Grand Final
California 5:36.133
Washington 5:38.355
Harvard 5:39.810
Princeton 5:41.713
Boston University 5:42.006
Brown 5:45.374

Petite Final

Navy 5:46.897
Cornell 5:51.429
Stanford 5:52.321
Columbia 5:55.709
Dartmouth 5:55.978
UC San Diego 6:01.466

Third-Level Final
Yale 5:53.628
Wisconsin 5:54.333
Syracuse 5:54.648
Penn 6:02.392
Gonzaga 6:07.603

Open Four
Grand Final
Washington 6:23.865
Wisconsin 6:26.918
Harvard 6:31.123
Navy 6:36.077
Cornell 6:38.545
Yale 6:43.502

Petite Final

Penn 6:45.645
Brown 6:45.969
California 6:51.861 

Varsity Four
Grand Final
Washington 6:19.045
Brown 6:21.859
Drexel 6:23.039
Navy 6:24.403
Stanford 6:24.474
Wisconsin 6:29.153

Petite Final
George Washington 6:25.627
Northeastern 6:26.877
Georgetown 6:28.101
Holy Cross 6:31.071
Temple 6:35.717
Syracuse 6:41.698

Third-Level Final
Yale 6:38.633
Harvard 6:41.101
California 6:41.400
Boston University 6:46.161
Hobart 6:46.627
Penn 6:52.896
Dartmouth 7:03.099