Heavyweight Crew JV Earns IRA National Championship Title

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – Led by the national champion second varsity boat, the Harvard men's heavyweight crew team wrapped a successful day on Mercer Lake, finishing third overall at the IRA National Championships Sunday morning. The top boat earned a fifth-place finish and the third varsity took home a silver medal after a successful final sprint.  

Harvard finished with 193 points for third overall. California won the Ten Eyck Trophy with 205 points, with Princeton totaling 202 for second.  

The JV took home the Kennedy Challenge Cup with a time of 5:51.040, besting Princeton by 1.8 seconds. At 500 meters, the crews were tightly packed with California taking a small lead. The Bears gained three seats on the Crimson, who were three seats ahead of the Tigers. At the halfway mark, Cal continued to lead but Harvard refused to relent. Harvard made a move just after the 1,000-meter mark, starting to cut into the Bears' lead. With 750 meters to race, the Crimson overtook Cal and the Bears could not find an answer. Harvard took up their rating over the final 500 to keep Cal at bay and take home victory.  

In the varsity eight race, California jumped out to an early lead with all the crews within a deck of each other. California and Yale distanced themselves by 750 meters, as the Crimson stayed on pace with Washington and Princeton. By 1,000 meters, the Crimson was a length behind the leaders and four seats ahead of Brown. Down the stretch, Harvard made a strong push, but could not catch the top-four boats, finishing fifth with a time of 5:51.870. California won the event with a time of 5:38.710, a length ahead of Yale.  

The third varsity eight saw the Crimson take silver after an incredible sprint to the finish. Harvard had an early lead after 500 meters, although Princeton just beside the crew. Washington was challenging the top two crews through the first 1,000. The Tigers made a move at the 750-meter mark to push ahead of the Crimson. By the midway point, Princeton had a three-seat lead as the two boats distanced themselves from Washington. The Tigers maintained their lead over the final 250 and Washington made a move past Harvard. The Crimson would not relent, running to the finish just ahead of the Huskies.

The varsity four won the petite final, leading for the majority of the race. The Crimson distanced itself early and would not look back, taking a length-win over BU and Georgetown.

Check out the recaps for day one and day two.

Harvard takes on Yale in the 151st edition of The Race Sunday, June 12.

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)
Grand Final
Order  Entry    Result
1          California        5:38.710
2          Yale     5:40.700
3          Princeton         5:41.880
4          Washington     5:44.460
5          Harvard           5:51.870
6          Brown  5:55.770

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)
Grand Final
Order  Entry    Result
1          Harvard           5:51.040
2          Princeton         5:52.890
3          California        5:54.370
4          Washington     5:55.830
5          Wisconsin        5:56.910
6          BU       6:00.190

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)
Grand Final  
Order  Entry    Result
1          Princeton         5:54.920
2          Harvard           5:56.680
3          Washington     5:57.120
4          Brown  6:03.710
5          California        6:06.930
6          BU       6:10.250

Varsity 4+
Maddie Zabriskie (coxswain), David Fleming (4), Pat Dowling (3), Thomas Marshall (2), James Green (1)
Petite Final
Order  Entry    Result
1          Harvard           6:39.310
2          BU       6:42.360
3          Georgetown    6:46.840
4          Cornell            6:48.710
5          Pennsylvania   6:51.260
6          Marietta          6:53.800