Harvard Heavyweight Crew Varsity Eight, Freshman Eight Win Heats at IRA Regatta

Harvard Heavyweight Crew Varsity Eight, Freshman Eight Win Heats at IRA Regatta

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. –
It was a successful first day on the water for the Harvard heavyweight crew at the IRA National Championships Friday morning on Lake Natoma. The Crimson's varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshman eight boats each qualified for tomorrow's semifinals, as well as the open four.

The first varsity and freshmen won their respective heats, while the second varsity came in second.  

The varsity eight was off the start quickly Friday morning, along with Navy and Princeton. Navy held a one-seat lead through the first 500 meters, as the three boats pulled well ahead of the rest of the field. Harvard began to make its move in the second 500 meters and gained a lead before the 1,000-meter mark. Princeton and Navy fell back of the Crimson's pace and began fighting for second, and the other automatic spot in the semifinals, as Harvard was up by three-fourths of a length through 1,500 meters. With Harvard easing to the finish line in its final strokes, Princeton pushed past Navy, to put the Crimson and Tigers comfortably through to tomorrow's semifinal.

The second varsity finished second, after Princeton rowed to an open-water win. The Tigers charged for a 6.37-second victory, while Penn and Harvard fought for second. The Crimson picked up its pace in the second half of the race, while Princeton stayed strong, to grab a five-seat lead at the 1,5000-meter line over Penn. After Princeton crossed the finish line at 5:58.45, Harvard was in second at 6:04.82 and Penn was third at 6:08.44.

In the freshman race, Cornell opened a lead in the first half of the race, as Harvard stayed within two seats. The Crimson started to gain seats with 750 meters to go and was quickly up three seats at the 1,500-meter mark. With a spot in the semifinals seemingly secure, as the top three placing freshman crews advanced, Harvard kept its pace and finished at 6:01.903, less than a second quicker than Cornell at 6:02.314. Navy earned the final semifinal spot in third-place at 6:03.784.

Washington's first varsity, second varsity and freshman crews, all seeded No. 1, swept their respective heats to also earn three eight boat semifinal spots.

Harvard also raced to a fifth-place finish in the varsity fours event and third place in the open four. The open four boat moved to the semifinals, while the varsity four went to a repechage and claimed third. 

Varsity Eight – Heat 2
Harvard – 5:47.618
Princeton – 5:49.182
Navy – 5:55.143
Georgetown – 5:58.269
Oregon State – 6:01.534
UC San Diego – 6:21.714

Second Varsity Eight – Heat 3
Princeton – 5:58.454
Harvard – 6:04.823
Penn – 6:08.442
Stanford – 6:12.658

First Freshman - Heat 3
Harvard – 6:01.903
Cornell – 6:02.314
Navy – 6:03.784
Drexel – 6:23.323

Varsity Four - Heat 1
Washington – 6:36.891
BU – 6:44.586
Princeton – 7:00.305
MIT – 7:02.212
Harvard – 7:11.293

Open Four - Heat 1
Brown – 6:48.855
Oregon State – 6:52.570
Harvard – 6:56.264
Holy Cross – 7:11.736
Gonzaga – 7:25.366

Varsity Four - Repechage 3
Navy - 6:54.135
Oregon State - 7:01.615
Harvard - 7:03.582

First Varsity

Coxswain: David Fuller; Stroke: Andrew Holmes; 7:Charles Risbey; 6: Vincent Breet; 5: Parker Washburn; 4: Josh Hicks; 3: Andrew Reed; 2:James O'Connor; Bow: James Medway

Second Varsity
Coxswain: William Hakim; Stroke: Justin Mundt; 7:Gregory Edwards; 6: Max Meyer-Bosse; 5: Ed Rippon; 4: Andrew Emmett; 3: Alex Macintosh; 2:Lachlan Hanbury-Brown; Bow: Ryan Furey

First Freshman
Coxswain: Don Kim; Stroke: Rory Glover; 7: James Croxford; 6: Achim Harzheim; 5: Adam Janes; 4: Stefano Belfiore; 3: Abraham Polinsky; 2: James Green; Bow: Jay Ditmarsch