No. 3 Men’s Heavyweight Crew Gears Up for IRA National Championships

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening postseason competition this weekend, No. 3 men's heavyweight crew will be in search of a medal for the a third-straight season when it travels to the 2019 IRA National Championships on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. from May 31-June 2.

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What to Know
- Harvard enters the competition as the No. 4 seed and the top seed in its first heat on Friday, racing against Brown, Navy, George Washington, Colgate and Drexel. The Crimson's second varsity will race as the No. 2 seed, while its third varsity will be No. 5 and its varsity fours will be No. 3.
- The Crimson has captured nine IRA Championship titles, with its most recent championship coming at the end of a three-peat in 2005. With a win, men's heavyweight crew would become the sixth Harvard program to tally double-digit national titles.
- Harvard has been consistently ranked at No. 3 in the USRowing Coaches Poll since the opening week of competition and will retain that position in the latest poll released this week.
- At last year's National Championships, the Crimson's first and second varsity eight boats placed fourth in their respective grand finals. Harvard's third varsity captured a silver medal. Due to weather, the varsity four races were canceled.
- The Crimson closed out its dual season undefeated at 7-0. Harvard's first varsity eight claimed a silver medal at Eastern Sprints, while its second varsity took home gold.

Leading the Way
Charley Butt is in the midst of his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard men's heavyweight crew team and 34th overall season with the Harvard rowing program, previously serving as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew for 28 years. Butt owns a 33-6 overall record with the heavyweight program.

Up Next
Harvard will conclude its season at the 154th Harvard-Yale Regatta on the Thames River in New London, Conn. on Saturday, June 8. The race will be broadcast on ESPN+.