No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Headed to IRA National Championships

Harvard is 6-0 in dual races this spring (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a second-place finish at the EARC Sprints, the No. 4 Harvard heavyweights seek a gold at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships held in Lake Natoma, California June 2-4. 

The 115th IRA National Championship
The first IRA regatta took place in 1895 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Harvard first rowed at the IRAs in 1896, placing second to Cornell and ahead of Penn and Columbia in a race on the Hudson River. The Crimson raced again in 1897, but did not come back for almost 100 years, in 1995, when it placed fourth in a race won by Brown on the Cooper River.

Harvard's varsity eight took fifth for the third-straight season in 2016, after medaling in 2012 (bronze) and 2013 (silver). The Crimson has placed in the top five in 13 out of 14 years since 2003. The Crimson returned to the IRA regatta in 2003 after an eight-year absence and claimed an open-water victory over Washington for the Varsity Challenge Cup. That helped propel the Crimson to the Ten Eyck Cup, representative of overall team supremacy. The Crimson followed with varsity and team titles in each of the next two seasons. Harvard has also captured IRA gold in the 2004 freshman four, the 2006 second varsity eight, and varsity four without coxswain and the 2008 open four events. 

First Varsity
Cole Durbin (coxswain), Liam Corrigan (stroke), Lars Lorch (7), Vincent Breet (6), James Johnston (5), Alexander Richards (4), Conor Harrity (3), Arthur Doyle (2), David Ambler (bow) 


Second Varsity
Jennifer Kunes (Coxswain), Jack Kelley (stroke), Ross Jarvis (7), Sam Hardy (6), Henry Kennelly (5), Samuel Meijer (4), Chase Buchholz (3), Travis Taaffe (2), James Clarke (bow) 


Third Varsity
Madeleine Zabriskie (coxswain), Dominic Glover (stroke), Juri-Mikk Udam (7), Ryan Rasmussen (6), Benjamin Cohen (5), David Fleming (4), Max Ferguson (3), Pieter Quinton (2), Benjamin Strathmore (bow)

Varsity 4+
Nicolas Yan (coxswain), Philip Bates (stroke), Nicholas Plaut (3), Andre Dempsey (2), Andrew Morley (bow)

Crimson Champions
Three of Harvard's nine official heavyweight national championships have come at the IRA regatta: 2003, '04 and '05. The Crimson lightweights have won eight IRA titles. The only schools to sweep the heavy and light races are Harvard (2003) and Princeton (1998). 

A Grand Tradition
Harvard's varsity eight has qualified for 13 grand finals in the last 14 seasons. 2008 marked the only season Harvard competed in the petite final and the Crimson has responded with top-five finishes over the last eight grand finals.

In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, begins his 32nd season with the Harvard rowing program and fourth with the heavyweight men in 2017. Butt owns a 27-3 record in duals race as the heavyweight coach.  

In the Polls
The Crimson sits at No. 4 in last week's USRowing Collegiate Poll.




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Last Year
Harvard went 7-1 last season and placed fourth at the Eastern Sprints and third at the IRA National Championships.  

Up Next
Harvard ends the season against archrival Yale for the 152nd Harvard-Yale Regatta Saturday, June 10 in New London, Connecticut.