Howard '05, O'Connor '12 Help Oxford over Cambridge in The 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race

Oxford celebrated its win in the 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race (photo Getty Images).

LONDON – Two former Harvard rowers, Malcom Howard '05 and Sam O'Connor '12, helped Oxford win the 159th edition of The 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race Sunday. Debuting in 1829, The Boat Race, which pits Oxford versus Cambridge, is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. Ben French '11 also rowed in Oxford's Isis boat.

Thousands lined the banks of the River Thames, while millions tuned in on television, to watch Howard and O'Connor guide Oxford to victory by 1 1/3 lengths. They navigated the 6.8-kilometer course from Putney to Mortlake in 17:28. Howard rowed stroke for Oxford, while O'Connor was in the fourth seat. In another Harvard connection, Wayne Pommen '02 commentated the race for BBC. 

French was in the sixth seat for the Isis win over Cambridge's Goldie. Isis finished in 17:51, 1/3 length ahead of their rivals. 

All three rowers are completing graduate degrees at Oxford. O'Connor, a native of New Zealand and 2006 Junior World Champion as part of his home country's 8+ boat, is in the Engineering Science program. Howard, a two-time Olympian for Canada, is finishing a Clinical Medicine degree. French is aiming for a degree in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology program. 

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