Men’s Lightweight Crew Heads to IRA National Championships

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 6 Harvard men's lightweight crew heads to New Jersey for the 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships this weekend at Mercer Lake. The Crimson is looking to medal for the eighth-straight year and win its first title since 2013. 

Racing begins Friday, June 3 at 8:30 a.m. The Crimson varsity eight will be the first in action, starting its heat at 9:20 a.m.

Live Streams
Friday Morning Heats
Friday Afternoon Repechages
Saturday Heats, Repechages and Semifinals
Sunday Finals

Race Schedule
9:20 a.m. – ML8- heat
11:40 a.m. – ML4+ heat
12 p.m. – ML4- heat
8:20 a.m. – ML4- petite final
8:30 a.m. – ML4- grand final
9:20 a.m. – ML4+ petite final
9:30 a.m. – ML4+ grand final
10:30 a.m. – ML8 petite final
12 p.m. – ML8 grand final

The Field
Harvard will join the five other Ivy League lightweight crews, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, Princeton and Yale, at the IRA regatta along with Mercyhurst and Navy in varsity eight competition. The same schools will send coxless fours. Georgetown, Temple and Wisconsin will enter fours.

IRA National Championships (nine): 1991, '94, '95, '97, '99, '01, '03, '12, '13

The 114th IRA National Championships
The lightweights have been rowing at the IRA Regatta since 1990, when the event became the national championship for lightweight crew. Prior to competing at IRAs, the Crimson competed at the Empire State Regatta for the national title. Harvard has won nine national titles since 1990 with the most recent coming in 2013. The Crimson also captured IRA national titles in 1991, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001, '03 and '12 and has medaled in nine of the last ten years.

Sprints Recap
Harvard earned a pair of top-five results in the second and third varsities, while picking up a victory in the petite final of the varsity eight at the Sprints.

Last Season
Harvard earned a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships a season ago, besting its fifth-place finish from Eastern Sprints and medaling for the seventh-straight year.

In the Launch
Michiel Bartman is in his third season as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew after earning a bronze medal a season ago at the IRA National Championships. An Olympic champion, a three-time Olympic medalist and a 16-year coaching veteran, Bartman improved the Radcliffe lightweight women's performance in each of his first two seasons at Weld.