GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Continuing action on day two of the 2019 IRA National Championships, No. 3 Harvard men's heavyweight crew qualified three boats for the grand finals today, June 1. The Crimson's first and third varsities each recorded second-place finishes, while its second varsity earned a first-place mark. Harvard's varsity fours posted a fourth-place finish.
Harvard's first varsity eight boat recorded a second-place finish in its semifinal heat against Washington, Princeton, Boston University, Syracuse and Dartmouth. The Crimson and Washington came out of the gates neck-and-neck, posting split times 0.5 seconds apart through the first 500m. The two boats stayed competitive through the remainder of the race, as Harvard continued with strong pressure through the next 1000m. The Crimson crossed the finish line just 1.9 seconds behind first-place Washington at 5:36.6.
The Crimson's second varsity eight boat earned a first-place finish in its semifinal heat over Yale, Brown, Boston University, Northeastern and Navy. After a competitive start against Yale, the Crimson pushed past the Bulldogs within 1000m to take the lead. Harvard continued to excel through the last stretch of racing, clocking in 1.7 seconds ahead of Yale at 5:45.4 to seal the first-place victory.
Harvard third varsity eight boat posted a second-place finish in its semifinal heat over Yale, Brown, Northeastern, Syracuse and Wisconsin. After trailing Yale in the first 500m, the Crimson found its momentum to come within striking distance of the Bulldogs. Harvard ultimately crossed the finish line 1.1 seconds behind Yale at 5:46.4.
The Crimson's varsity fours registered a fourth-place finish in its semifinal heat over California, Princeton, Georgetown, Dartmouth and Holy Cross. Harvard clocked in at 6:29.4, less than one second shy of third-place Georgetown. The Crimson will head to the petite finals tomorrow.
Harvard's first three varsity boats will advance to the grand finals tomorrow, June 2.