Harvard Heavyweight V8 Advances to Semifinals

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – On the first day of the IRA National Championships on Mercer Lake in New Jersey, the Harvard heavyweight varsity eight advanced to the semifinals with a second-place finish in its heat.

The Crimson, stroked by Charlie Risbey and coxed by Cole Durbin, will face Northeastern, Washington and Yale in the semifinals at 10:24 a.m. Saturday. The top three boats in the race will move on to the grand final.  

Harvard started strong, keeping pace with Cal through the first 1,000 meters. At the midway point, the Crimson help their ground to keep a surging Columbia and Wisconsin at bay, before finishing in 5:59.051. Cal finished in 5:51.813 and Columbia was open water behind the Crimson.

The second varsity won its repechage over Navy and Hobart to qualify for the semifinals tomorrow, finishing with a time of 5:57.655. 

In its first heat, the Crimson finished third overall with a time of 6:03.538. At the 750 mark, Harvard was three seats behind Washington and the Huskies continued to push out over the second half of the race. The Crimson seemed to be on their way to second place until a strong move by Cornell with 750 to go gave the Big Red the ticket to the semis.

The third varsity will also compete in the semis, after a back-and-forth heat between the Crimson, Cal and BU. Harvard jumped out to a lead and was neck-and-neck with the Terriers through the midpoint of the race. Cal dissipated a four-seat deficit to take the win with a time of 6:04.364. Harvard crossed just behind at 6:05.601, a deck ahead of BU (6:06.364).

The varsity four finished open water behind Cal and Wisconsin for third in its first heat and won its reps race over Yale, Syracuse, Milwaukee and GW to earn a spot in the semis.    

First Varsity
Coxswain: Cole Durbin; Stroke: Charlie Risbey; 7: Jack Kelley; 6: Alexander Richards; 5: Conor Harrity; 4: Chase Buchholz; 3: Max Meyer Bosse; 2: Ross Jarvis; Bow: James Medway
1          California        5:51.813
2          Harvard           5:59.051
3          Columbia         6:03.499
4          Wisconsin        6:06.515
5          Holy Cross       6:06.990
6          Oklahoma       6:22.715

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff; Stroke: James Croxford; 7: Travis Taaffe; 6: Curtis McLeod; 5: Max Ferguson; 4: Ed Rippon; 3: James Johnston; 2: Sean Vedrinelle; Bow: Ben Strathmore
1          Washington     5:56.956
2          Cornell                        6:00.420
3          Harvard           6:03.538
4          Syracuse          6:25.366
5          GW                  6:28.841

Rep 1

1 Harvard 5:57.655
2 Navy 6:07.533
3 Hobart 6:16.712


Third Varsity
Coxswain: Jack Smith; Stroke: Dom Glover; 7: Phil Bates; 6: Juri-Mikk Udam; 5: Henry Kennelly; 4: Andrew Emmett; 3: Ryan Rasmussen; 2: James Green; Bow: Adam Janes
1          California        6:04.364
2          Harvard           6:05.601
3          BU                   6:06.364
4          Oregon State   6:31.707
5          Drexel             6:34.705

Varsity Four 
Coxswain: Joanie Kim; Stroke: Ty Gill; 3: Stefano Belfiore; 2: Achim Harzheim; Bow: Craig Slater
1          California        6:36.725
2          Wisconsin        6:38.683
3          Harvard           6:48.496
4          Pennsylvania   7:00.985
5          Dartmouth      7:06.248

Rep 4
1 Harvard 7:00.747
2 Yale 7:04.981
3 Syracuse 7:10.432
4 Milwaukee SE 7:13.833
5 GW 7:39.338