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At the 112th IRA National Championships, the lightweight crew exceeded expectations and came home with two silver finishes, while the heavyweights fell below the predicted placements and lost grasp of getting a medal.
It has been a season of adjustments across the river in Newell Boathouse, as both the men’s heavyweight and lightweight teams found themselves getting used to new coaches this year.
Harvard men’s crew posted a strong performance at this year’s EARC sprints in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Just six weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer, men’s freshman lightweight crew coach Linda Muri ran the 2014 Boston Marathon.
For Muri, the ‘Boston Strong’ slogan seemed especially applicable.
Harvard finished six seconds ahead of the No. 10 Huskies, winning its 17th consecutive Smith Cup in open-water fashion.
It was a full day of racing on Saturday for the men of Harvard rowing. The heavyweight crew headed down to Philadelphia and came out victorious against the University of Pennsylvania and Navy. The lightweights had a tougher time stroking past its competitors on the Charles, coming in second place against Princeton and Yale.
The No. 3 heavyweights raced Princeton and MIT at home on the Charles River on Saturday, defeating both competitors to win the Compton Cup. The No. 4 lightweights also had a strong showing, racing twice in one weekend.
As the spring rowing season gets underway, both the Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crews posted strong showings this weekend against Ivy League and local competitors.
The Crimson sent three varsity eights and two freshmen boats and finished each division in first or second place.
After the long and cold winter, the Harvard men’s lightweight crew team swept the University of Delaware in its debut performance of the spring season, finishing in first for the three varsity eights and a freshmen eight.
At the Princeton Three-Mile Chase on Sunday, Harvard's lightweight four left victorious for the third straight year.
Spectator 1: “I am 100 percent here for the baked goods. Nothing else.”
Crowds cheer and watch up and around the Eliot Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The Sunday races were the last scheduled for this year's HOTC event.