No. 2 Harvard Lightweight Crew Seeks Gold at IRA National Championships

The Crimson had a 9-1 dual record this spring (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After clinching the Jope Cup at Eastern Sprints for the 22nd time in program history, No. 2 Harvard lightweight crew will travel to Lake Natoma, California June 2-4 to compete at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. 

The Field
Harvard will join the five other Ivy League lightweight crews, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, Princeton and Yale, at the IRA regatta along with Georgetown and Navy in varsity eight competition. The same schools will send coxless fours with Dartmouth and MIT entering the field. Colgate and MIT will enter fours.

IRA National Championships (nine): 1991, '94, '95, '97, '99, '01, '03, '12, '13

The 115th IRA National Championships
The lightweights have been rowing at the IRA Regatta since 1990, when the event became the national championship for lightweight crew. Prior to competing at IRAs, the Crimson competed at the Empire State Regatta for the national title. Harvard has won nine national titles since 1990 with the most recent coming in 2013. The Crimson also captured IRA national titles in 1991, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001, '03 and '12 and has medaled in eight of the last ten years.

Varsity 8+ 
James Dreben (coxswain), Andre Dupuis (stroke), Hunter Wallace (7), Nick Barry (6), Jack Kelly (5), Dan Bridgwater (4), Jordan Rogers (3), Matt Podlesak (2), David Wexner (bow) 

Varsity 4+
Charley Zhang (coxswain), Rob Lowe (stroke), Chris Skokowski (3), Spencer Kaplan (2), Eryk Dobrushkin (bow)

Varsity 4 (without coxswain)
Andrew Sterne (stroke), Andrew Wilkins (3), Chris Wales (2), Mike Genovesi (bow)

Last Season
Harvard finished sixth at the IRA National Championships and won the petite final at Eastern Sprints a year ago.

In the Polls
The Crimson sits at No. 2 in this week's USRowing Collegiate Poll.




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In the Launch
Billy Boyce is in his first season as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew. Boyce had spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach with the Crimson's men's heavyweight staff. Boyce owns a 9-1 overall record as head coach.