CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard heavyweight crew took four races from Northeastern Saturday morning on the Charles River. The Crimson also won the Smith Cup for the 16th straight time by besting the Huskies by just over one length in the first varsity race.
Harvard's No. 2 ranked first varsity used an impressive performance in the third 500 meters of the 2,000-meter course to secure its sixth victory in as many tries this season. The fourth-ranked Huskies kept pace with Harvard through the first 1,000 meters before the Crimson turned a one-foot lead into a seven-seat advantage by the 1,500-meter line. Harvard stayed steady in the last 500 meters and won by a small amount of open water. The Crimson stopped the clock at 5:30.8, 3.4 seconds quicker than Northeastern.
Preceding the first varsity, the second varsity had a similar outcome. Harvard put on a strong performance in the second 1,000 meters after being squared through the first half of the race. The Crimson started inching ahead after the Mass. Ave. bridge and gradually expanded its lead to finish with a seven-seat lead. Harvard was across the finish line at 5:44.8, while NU came by at 5:46.7.
Harvard's first freshman boat and a pair of varsity fours also won races on the Charles, which featured a moderate tail wind and an increasing chop in the water in the last half of the race.
The Crimson's 1F beat Northeastern's third varsity, despite catching a crab at the end of the race. Harvard's miscue came in the last 15 strokes, but NU could not make up enough water to pass. The Crimson ultimately won, 5:48.2-5:49.8.
Both fours races went to Harvard boats by wide margins. The Crimson had two groups finish ahead of Northeastern in the fourth varsity four race with NU trailing Harvard's boats by 15 seconds and 7.8 seconds, respectively.
In the fifth varsity fours competition, the morning's opener, three Crimson boats topped an entry from Holy Cross. Harvard was in at 6:54.8, 7:02.7 and 7:10.8, while the Crusaders finished in 7:30.0 after catching an over-the-head crab at the 800-meter mark.
Harvard will take next weekend off for finals before making the short trip to Worcester, Mass., for EARC Sprints May 19.
Harvard – 5:30.8
Northeastern – 5:34.2
Harvard – 5:44.8
Northeastern – 5:46.7
Harvard 1F – 5:48.2
Northeastern 3V – 5:49.8
Fourth Varsity Four
Harvard 'B' – 6:38.6
Harvard 'A' – 6:45.8
Northeastern – 6:53.6
Fifth Varsity Four
Harvard 'A' – 6:54.8
Harvard 'C' – 7:02.7
Harvard 'B' – 7:10.8
Holy Cross – 7:30.0