Men’s Heavyweight Crew V8 to Race for 2014 IRA Championship Title

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

The Crimson varsity and rookie boats will compete for national titles Sunday.

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Harvard men's heavyweight varsity eight won its second heat in as many days Saturday to advance to the grand final, held on Sunday, June 1 at Mercer Lake. The Crimson will be vying for the 2014 IRA National Championship crown at 12:45 p.m.

In the semifinals, Harvard came from behind to stop the clock at 6:03.898 and fend off Princeton (6:05.925). The Tigers were leading at the 1500m mark, but a strong move in the final 500 allowed the Crimson to earn the win. Yale finished third in the event (6:07.845), just outpacing BU (6:11.533).  

Harvard will face Brown, California, Princeton, Washington and Yale in the marquee IRA event.  

The freshman eight, racing in the repechage, clocked a time of 5:59.576 to finish second in its heat behind Brown (5:55.779). The Crimson will take on Brown, California, Cornell, Washington, and Wisconsin in the grand final at 11:10 a.m. tomorrow.

The second varsity will compete in the third level final tomorrow at 9:50 a.m. The Crimson won its semifinal race Saturday with a time of 6:16.234, holding back Gonzaga (6:18.638) and Drexel (6:19.170), who pushed out to an early lead over the first 1000 meters. In the third level final will be Dartmouth, Drexel, Gonzaga, Stanford and Syracuse.

The 3V boat will also be in the third final after a fifth-place showing in reps yesterday. The Crimson will be up against Drexel, Hobart, Holy Cross, Oregon State and Wisconsin.