Boyce took over the reins of the Harvard lightweight crew team two seasons ago, where it currently sits on top of the IRA rankings. With the IRA National Championships soon approaching from Jun. 1 to 3, Boyce looks to capture his first national championship with the lightweight team.
Drake Deuel broke the lightweight world record in the half-marathon on the erg, a 13.1 mile, or 21,097 meter, feat of fitness that bested the previous time by almost an entire minute.
The No. 2 men's lightweight crew erupted off the starting line and never looked back, finishing eight seconds ahead of the Big Green and nine seconds ahead of the Engineers in a time of 5:45.126.
In a busy slate filled with competitive racing for all four of Harvard’s crews, the lightweight squad made an especially bold statement to begin its season. In temperatures bordering on nippy, the No. 4 ranked lightweight crew faced four ranked opponents over the weekend, overcoming all of them.
This weekend, all four of Harvard’s crews will take to the water to battle opponents in a full slate of competitive racing. It will mark the first time this year that all four are on the water in competitive atmospheres.