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Benjamin French
Benjamin French
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y.
High School: Pittsford Mendon
Major: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
House Affiliation: Leverett

Senior • 2011
Raced in the six seat with the second varsity eight, contributing to an undefeated dual season and a Sprints championship … Part of the Harvard four that won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, setting an event record in the semifinals … Contributed to a second-place finish in the grand final at the IRA National Championships … Helped defeat Yale at the 146th Harvard-Yale Regatta … Helped win the grand final and the Rowe Cup at the EARC Sprints … Contributed to victories over Navy, Penn, Princeton, Brown and Cornell.

Rowed in the second varsity eight for most of the season, occupying the stroke seat for the final four race weekends, and made two appearances with the varsity eight … Stroked the second varsity to a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships … Helped the second varsity place fourth and the team win its 30th Rowe Cup at EARC Sprints … Aided in 15-second win against Yale and second varsity wins against Northeastern, Navy, Penn and Cornell … Raced in the varsity eight against Cornell and later against Princeton and MIT, helping the Crimson win the Compton Cup.

Member of the second varsity and third varsity eights in 2009 … Stroked the third varsity eight to a silver medal at Sprints and second varsity eight to a fifth-place finish at the IRA National Championships.

Rowed in the freshman eight that won gold at the EARC Sprints and bronze at the IRA National Championships ... Went undefeated in dual racing, which included the second fastest winning time in the two-mile at the Harvard-Yale Regatta ... Also competed in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Before Harvard
Earned three varsity letters in crew and also rowed for the Pittsford Crew club team ... Captain of team during senior year ... Competed in the Canadian Henley Regatta for three years ... Earned a varsity letter in swimming ... Father, Edward French, graduated from Harvard in 1954 ... Other interests include photography.