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No. 4 Men’s Lightweight Crew Heads to IRA National Championships

No. 4 Men’s Lightweight Crew Heads to IRA National Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A year removed from earning the points title at the event, No. 4 Harvard men's lightweight crew heads to the 2018 IRA National Championships this weekend, June 1-3, on Mercer Lake in Princeton, New Jersey. The event will be streamed live on YouTube by US Rowing.

Seeding, racing schedule and related information for the IRAs can be found HERE. 

SCHEDULE
Friday, June 1
8:40 a.m. – Varsity Eight Heat
11:10 a.m. – Varsity 4+ Heat
11:40 a.m. – Varsity 4- Heat

Sunday, June 3
8:10 a.m. – Varsity 4- Petite Final
8:20 a.m. – Varsity 4- Grand Final
9:00 a.m. – Varsity 4+ Petite Final
9:10 a.m. – Varsity 4+ Grand Final
10:20 a.m. – Varsity Eight Petite Final
11:40 a.m. – Varsity Eight Grand Final

Full schedule available HERE.

BOATINGS
V8: Jack Stone (Cox), Andrew Sterne (Stroke), Andrew Wilkins (7), Nicholas Barry (6), Hunter Wallace (5), Victor Olsen (4), Chris Skokowski (3), David Wexner (2), Rob Lowe (Bow)

V4+: Mary Yeh (Cox), Sean Hayes (Stroke), Drake Deuel (3), Andre Dupuis (2), Thomas Satterthwaite (Bow)

V4-: Freddie Johnson (Stroke), Isaac Walker (3), Spencer Kaplan (2), Eryk Dobrushkin (Bow)

SCOUTING THE FIELD
Harvard's varsity eight is ranked No. 4 in the latest US Rowing Coaches poll and will be the four-seed at the IRAs, trailing Columbia, Princeton and Penn. The Crimson will see top-ranked Columbia, No. 5 Navy and No. 8 Mercyhurst in the opening heat. The Crimson saw both Columbia and Navy a week ago at Eastern Sprints, with Harvard taking second among the trio.

IRA SUCCESS
Harvard earned the overall team points title at the 2017 IRA Championships, with the varsity four without a coxswain winning the gold medal on Lake Natoma. The program as tallied nine national titles in program history, including back-to-back IRA championships in 2012 and 2013.

National Titles (9): 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2013

IN THE RANKS
Following its victories over Dartmouth and MIT April 14, the Crimson earned the No. 1 ranking in the US Rowing Men's Lightweight Varsity Eight poll and enters IRAs with a No. 4 national ranking. Harvard has remained in the top-five all season.

Week

Position

March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9
May 16

5
4
4
2
1
1
4
4
4

LAST TIME OUT
The No. 4 Harvard men's lightweight crew team posted a fourth-place finish in the Jobe Cup team standings, as well as the varsity eight competition at the 2018 Eastern Sprints Championship on Lake Quisigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Crimson's top finish of the day was produced by the fifth varsity eight, which placed second, two seconds shy of Navy.

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