GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Concluding racing at the three-day regatta, No. 3 Harvard men's heavyweight crew earned a bronze medal in its varsity eight race at the IRA National Championships today, June 2. The Crimson's third varsity eight boat placed third as well, while the second varsity eight placed fourth in its grand final. The varsity fours posted a fifth-place finish in its petite final race.
Harvard's varsity eight boat earned a bronze medal in its race after facing competition against Yale, Washington, California, Northeastern and Princeton. The race got off to a fast start as each team was only separated by two seconds after the first 500m. The Crimson held a strong pace throughout the middle of racing, staying steady through the remainder of the race. With a late surge and maintained control, Harvard crossed the finish line at 5:37.3 for its third-place finish in its grand final race.
The Crimson's second varsity eight boat recorded a fourth-place finish after racing against California, Washington, Yale, Brown and Princeton. Harvard came out of the gates strong, narrowly trailing first-place California by less than one second after the first 500m. After a steady middle frame, the Crimson picked up its pace in the last 500m to finish just 0.2 seconds shy of third-place Yale at 5:42.7 in its grand final.
Harvard's third varsity eight boat captured a third-place finish in its grand final race against Washington, Yale, Princeton, California and Brown. The Crimson got off to a third-place start through the first 500m. Holding a steady pace through the next 500m, Harvard continued to pressure through the second half of the race. After posting a time of 1:25.2 in the final 500m, the Crimson crossed the finish line at 5:47.4, 1.4 seconds behind second-place Yale.
The Crimson's varsity fours placed fifth in their petite final race against Boston University, Marist, Dartmouth, Navy and Holy Cross. Harvard got off to a fast start, securing second-place through the first 500m. The Crimson later clocked in at 6:36.5 for fifth place.
Harvard will conclude its season at the 154th Harvard-Yale Regatta on the Thames River in New London, Conn. on Saturday, June 8. The race will be broadcast on ESPN+.