No. 6 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins Two Heats on Day One

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 6 Harvard men's heavyweight crew put all four boats into semifinals 1 and 2 on day one of the IRA National Championship on Mercer Lake. The second and third varsity boats each picked up wins in their respective heats. 
The Crimson V8, who finished second with a time of 5:49.940, will go up against Washington, California and Navy in the semifinals tomorrow at 9:40 a.m. The second varsity used a huge comeback over Yale to win its heat and advance to the semis. The JV crew will race against Wisconsin, Princeton and Brown at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. The 3V faces off against Wisconsin and Washington after a huge win over Brown on day one.

In the top boat race, Princeton used a hot start to gain a small margin on the Crimson by the 250 meter mark. By 500 meters, Harvard repositioned itself ahead of the Tigers before Princeton found another gear to move ahead by the halfway point. The Tigers maintained their lead for the win, but the Crimson clocked a time of 5:49.940 to rank second and move into the semis. Harvard was two seconds ahead of Stanford.  

In the second varsity race, Yale leapt out to an early lead and built a six-seat advantage over Harvard, who was ahead of Cornell by a half-length 750 meters in. The Crimson upped their rate, but the Bulldogs answered to push out to an eight-seat lead by the halfway mark. With 750 meters to go, Cornell was threatening Harvard, but the Crimson was able to keep the Big Red at bay. Harvard slowly overtook Yale over the final 500 meters, walking over the Bulldogs to earn the win by a deck.

In the third varsity, Harvard was the early leader, taking a quarter of a length advantage over Brown at the 500-meter mark. The Crimson cruised to victory, stopping the clock at 5:52.060, 3.3 seconds ahead of the Bears and nearly 10 seconds ahead of Dartmouth.

In the varsity four race, Washington bested the field with a time of 6:25.550, finishing six seconds ahead of the Crimson. In the repechage, Harvard had an open water lead after 200 meters and it was all Crimson for the remainder of the race as the crew advanced to the semifinals.  

First Varsity
Cole Durbin (coxswain), Jack Kelley (stroke), James Croxford (7), Connor Harrity (6), Alexander Richards (5), James Johnston (4),  Ross Jarvis (3), Sam Hardy (2), Arthur Doyle (bow)
1          Princeton         5:47.660
2          Harvard           5:49.940
3          Stanford          5:51.660
4          Pennsylvania   5:53.340
5          GW                  6:07.980
6          Temple            6:26.430

Second Varsity
Jacqueline Goodman (coxswain), Liam Corrigan (stroke), Lars Lorch (7), Henry Kennelly (6), Sam Meijer (5), Ryan Rasmussen (4), Achim Harzheim (3), Adam Janes (2), Travis Taaffe (bow)
Order  Entry                Result
1          Harvard           5:50.560
2          Yale                 5:51.030
3          Cornell             6:00.930
4          Columbia         6:16.580
5          Drexel             6:28.370

Third Varsity
Jennie Kunes (coxswain), Dom Glover (stroke), Benjamin Cohen (7), James Clarke (6), Max Ferguson (5), Sean Vedrinelle (4), Phil Bates (3), Curtis McLeod (2), Ben Strathmore (bow)
1          Harvard           5:52.060
2          Brown              5:55.350
3          Dartmouth      6:03.520
4          Yale                 6:07.150
5          Pennsylvania   6:10.940
6          Drexel             6:35.180

Varsity 4+
Maddie Zabriskie (coxswain), David Fleming (4), Pat Dowling (3), Thomas Marshall (2), James Green (1)
Heat 1
Order  Entry    Result
1          Washington     6:25.550
2          Harvard           6:31.260
3          Princeton         6:35.800
4          Pennsylvania   6:46.820
5          Stanford          6:50.700
6          Jacksonville     6:56.710
7          Oklahoma       7:01.630

Lane    Entry   
1          Harvard           6:45.050
2          Marietta          6:50.660
3          Dartmouth      6:56.450
4          Marist             6:57.700
5          Jacksonville     6:57.760
6          Santa Clara     7:02.440