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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Dartmouth men’s lightweight varsity eight placed fourth at the 2013 IRA National Championship on Sunday (June 2) afternoon. The fourth-place finish was the third consecutive top-five finish for the Dartmouth lightweights.

The grand final was the tightest race of the afternoon, with the less than a second separating second through fourth place. All three crews got a clean start off the line and it was Harvard that pulled away from the pack and would stay that way throughout the race.

In the middle thousand Yale made a move into Harvard overtaking second place but the Big Green and Columbia crews maintained contact and were able keep pace with the Crimson.

At the 500-meter mark is when the race got interesting. With Harvard maintaining a three-seat lead on the rest of the pack, Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth duked it out. All three teams had a great sprint with Yale earning runner-up honors with a time of 5:55.24.

The Big Green and Lions had the fastest race of the grand final with just .23 seconds separating the crews. Columbia took third with a time of 5:55.74 just ahead of Dartmouth, who crossed the finish line with a time of 5:55.97.

Dartmouth, who had the second fastest times during the morning heat, qualified for the grand final for the fourth consecutive year by posting a blistering 5:56.56, just behind Yale’s race-winning time of 5:55.43.

Harvard claimed its second consecutive IRA National Championship.

The Big Green close the season with their third consecutive top five finish at the national championship.

Dartmouth Lineups
First Varsity Eight
1-Julian Danziger
2-Brian Frake
3-Ben Vihstadt
4-Eliot Harper
5-Lowell Reeve
6-Josh Sans
7-Josh Konieczny
8-Sam Morris
C Megan Jang