CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Searching for a medal for the second-straight season, No. 4 Harvard men's heavyweight crew travels 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.
Friday, June 1
8:30 a.m. – Varsity Eight Heat
9:10 a.m. – Second Varsity Heat
10:10 a.m. – Third Varsity Heat
11:00 a.m. – Varsity Four Heat
Saturday, June 2
8:45-9:15 a.m. – Varsity Eight Semifinals
9:25-9:55 a.m. – Second Varsity Semifinals
10:15-10:25 a.m. – Third Varsity Semifinals
10:35-11:05 a.m. – Varsity Four Semifinals
Sunday, June 3
8:30 a.m. – Varsity Four 4th Level
8:40 a.m. – Varsity Four 3rd Level
9:20 a.m. – Varsity Four Petite Final
9:30 a.m. – Varsity Four Grand Final
9:40 a.m. – Third Varsity 3rd Level
9:50 a.m. – Second Varsity 4th Level
10:00 a.m. – Second Varsity 3rd Level
10:30 a.m. – Third Varsity Petite Final
10:40 a.m. – Third Varsity Grand Final
10:50 a.m. – Second Varsity Petite Final
11:00 a.m. – Second Varsity Grand Final
11:10 a.m. – Varsity Eight Fourth Level
11:30 a.m. – Varsity Eight 3rd Level
11:55 a.m. – Varsity Eight Petite Final
12:05 p.m. – Varsity Eight Grand Final
Full schedule available HERE.
V4+: Nicolas Yan (Cox), David Fleming (Stroke), Niels Laurberg (3), Joseph Johnson (2), Benjamin Strathmore (Bow)
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 5 Harvard men's heavyweight crew finished in third place for the Rowe Cup as a team, while the first varsity eight took silver in the grand final at the 2018 Eastern Sprints Championships on Lake Quisigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts Sunday.
The final race of the day did not disappoint in excitement, with the top four crews in the first varsity eight grand final were separated by only four seconds and the teams finishing second, third and fourth were all within 0.8 seconds of each other. The Crimson used a final push at the flag to grab second-place honors in 5:58.072, eclipsing Brown and Princeton. Yale took the gold medal.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Harvard's enters as the No. 4 seed, and is the top seed for its heat on Friday, where it will row against Brown, Cornell, Penn, St. Joseph's and Bates. Washington, Yale and California are the top seeds ahead of the regatta.
The No. 4 Harvard heavyweight crew took home two medals at the 2017 IRA National Championships, held on Lake Natoma. The Crimson's varsity eight captured the bronze, and the third varsity won the silver medal.
In the varsity eight grand final, Harvard's time of 5:33.455 earned the crew the bronze medal, as the Crimson edged out Princeton (5:33.786) for the third-place spot. Yale won the event in 5:29.900, slightly edging Washington (5:29.969) by less than one-tenth of a second.
AT THE IRAs
Harvard has captured nine IRA Championships victories, with its most recent national championship coming at the end of a three-peat in 2005. With a win, heavyweight crew would become the sixth Harvard program to tally double-digit national titles.
National Titles (9): 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005
IN THE POLLS
Harvard has moved back into the No. 4 national ranking this week, the position it began the season. The Crimson climbed as high as No. 2 on March 28.
Harvard heads to New London, Connecticut for the 153rd Harvard-Yale Regatta on the Thames River. Scheduled for June 9, the race will be broadcast on Facebook Live.