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Harvard Men's Lightweights Garner Gold, Brown Heavyweights Secure Silver at the IRA National Championships

Harvard's lightweight varsity eight celebrating IRA gold
Harvard's lightweight varsity eight celebrating IRA gold

2012 IRA National Championships:
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Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Harvard Athletic Communications

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- Harvard's lightweight varsity eight put a perfect end to a perfect season with Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) gold while Brown's heavyweight varsity eight placed second to favorite Washington in the 110th edition of the national championship regatta held on the Cooper River.

Harvard's men's lightweight IRA championship gives the Ivy League eight-straight national titles -- Yale (2005 and 2011), Cornell (2006-08) and Princeton (2009-10). Brown's second-place showing in the heavyweight varsity eight grand final was a second-straight, second-place finish for the League. The Bears finished second in points for the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy as the overall team champion and took home the Clayton W. Chapman Trophy as the crew that generated the greatest increase in the total Ten Eyck point count from the 2011 championship regatta.

The Crimson lightweight varsity eight boat battled with Ivy foe Dartmouth as it has all season in the grand final. The two boats were in a tight race throughout but the Crimson prevailed in a course record time of 5:33.05, just ahead of the Big Green's 5:34.03, for its eighth IRA national title. Dartmouth's finsh marked its second consecutive top-three finish at IRAs and its second-place finish is its highest finish in the last seven seasons. The grand final was Ivy-filled as coming in behind Dartmouth was Yale in third (5:36.67), Cornell in fifth (5:42.39), Princeton in sixth (5:43.25) and Columbia in seventh (5:47.79).

In a thrilling heavyweight varsity eight grand final, Brown bested Harvard by nearly half a length to take the silver medals. Brown, Washington and California were the only three crews at the 2012 IRA National Championships to advance all five of its boats to the grand finals with the Huskies winning all five races.

Brown's second varsity was just as impressive in finishing second to Washington. The Bears battled the Huskies' 2V8 boat throughout, separating away from Harvard, California and Wisconsin. Brown showed good speed to cross the finish line almost a second-and-a-half ahead of the Crimson, but just a few seats behind the Huskies.

The Bears' varsity four also finished in the medals with bronze, behind Washington and California and ahead of Northeastern, Georgetown and Navy.

In other action among the Ivy heavyweight crews, Princeton finished first in the V8 petite final with Cornell third, Penn fith and Yale sixth, Cornell captured second in the 2V8 petite final ahead of Princeton third and Penn sixth, Harvard came in second in the V4 petite final with Yale coming in sixth. Amongst the lightweights, Cornell placed second to Navy in the varsity four grand final with Yale and Harvard placing fifth and sixth, respectively.


Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy (Team Championship)

  School Points
1. Washington 198
2. Brown 175
3. California 171
4. Harvard 170
5. Cornell 128
6. Princeton 126
7. Boston University
8. Wisconsin
9. Syracuse 115
10. Navy 111
11. Yale 80
12. Stanford 79
13. Northeastern 78
14. Penn 73
15. Dartmouth 54.5
16. Drexel 32.5
17. Gonzaga 20
18. George Washington