Harvard Lightweight Crew Takes IRA Bronze
Harvard rows away with its bronze medals after finishing a strong season.
CAMDEN, N.J. —The Harvard lightweight varsity eight placed third behind Princeton and Navy at the 108th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships Saturday morning on the Cooper River.
The Crimson battled with Princeton for much of the race. The two were even, one-third of a length up on Yale early. The Tigers took a two-seat lead at 750 meters, but Harvard hung close and the lead was even slimmer at the 1,000-meter mark.
Harvard drew even and then moved ahead in the third 500 meters, but Princeton bounced back and held on for the win and Navy snuck in ahead of the Crimson before the finish. Harvard finished in 5:38.017, less than two seconds back of the Tigers and less than one behind the Midshipmen. Princeton's time of 5:36.065 set a new event record.
“We raced well today,” said head coach Charley Butt. “We went for the win and were essentially level with Princeton for 1,500 meters. We have a great crew and they deserve congratulations on a great season.”
It was the second straight IRA bronze for Harvard, which earned its third national medal in the last four years. The race concluded an impressive season in which the Crimson posted a 10-0 dual record and placed second at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints.