Varsity Fours, Freshman Eights of Harvard Heavyweight Crew Capture Foot of the Charles Wins

The Harvard heavyweight crew rowed past its own Newell Boathouse at the Foot of the Charles Saturday (photo Justine Agaloos).

 Harvard heavyweight crew's varsity four and freshman eight boats both extended their respective winning streaks at the Foot of the Charles Saturday morning on the Charles River. The fours pushed their run to three straight at Saturday's event hosted by Boston University, while the freshman eights have claimed six consecutive victories.

With a large turnout of alumni present to cheer on the Crimson, the varsity fours outpaced 39 other boats in the competition. Harvard rowed the route in 13:11.1, nearly two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Northeastern. The Crimson also placed fourth (13:15.1), seventh (13:18.9), 13th (13:38.1) and 16th (13:52.3) to be the only crew to have five boats in the top 20 spots.

Harvard, which sent more heavyweights on the river (80) than any other school, had other fours claim 23rd (14:12.7), 34th (14:45.8) and 35th (14:50.3).

In the freshman eights event, the Crimson cruised to victory in 12:18.3 as head winds increased. Only two crews were within 10 seconds of Harvard as Brown placed second with a 12:22.3 mark and Boston University crossed in 12:26.1 for third. Harvard's second freshman eight posted a 13:00.1 finishing time, good for fourth place among the first-year boats.

The Crimson also held the 10th (14:17.9) and 14th (15:57.8) positions of the freshman race featuring 16 entrants.

Next year's Foot of the Charles will be hosted by Harvard.

The Crimson will take time off surrounding Thanksgiving, before continuing training on the Charles during the last week of November. Harvard begins its winter training regimen December 1.