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.
In an athletic display of prowess that can only be analogized to the dynasties of the Chicago Bulls in the 90’s and the New England Patriots of the 21st century, the No. 17 ranked Black and White captured the Eastern Sprints Championship for the fourth year in a row.
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.
The men’s heavyweight crew team comfortably bested both No. 10 Cornell and No. 15 George Washington. The Radcliffe crews met different fates, however, with The Black and White heavyweight team falling to No. 8 Brown, and the lightweight crew falling to both No. 8 Georgetown and Bates.
Harvard battled chilly waters and two Big 10 opponents in their spring opener, eventually coming out 3rd-best. The Black and White claimed four of the five races against the Michigan State while conceding all five races to the Ohio State.
This weekend’s sub-freezing temperatures and gusting winds may have signaled the first signs of autumn’s imminent surrender to the Boston winter. A sense of home field advantage was on the side of the Crimson, as the familiar course proved to yield favorable results.