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Harvard Heavyweight Crew Takes Fourth Straight Rowe Cup at EARC Sprints

The trophy is raised after Harvard's first varsity win (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

WORCESTER, Mass.
The Harvard heavyweight crew captured its fourth straight Rowe Cup for the fourth time in program history after a dominant performance in the first varsity race Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond. The first varsity and first freshman both won grand final events, while the second varsity came in third.

It is the 33rd overall Rowe Cup for Harvard and first time since 1976 the program has claimed four in a row.

The Crimson entered the final heavyweight race of the day needing a win over Brown to secure the Rowe Cup and came through with a furious pace. Harvard, Northeastern and Brown, the three favorites, exploded off the line to set the tone. The Crimson gradually took a half-length lead by the 750-meter mark to gain control of the race. While NU and Brown were jockeying for position behind, Harvard continued to gain seats. By 1,400 meters into the race, Harvard had open water. The Crimson finished the course in 5:56.721, as the large crowd gathered on the beach near the finish line stood impressed by the margin Harvard had opened.

Brown did not stop the clock until over five seconds later, at 6:01.925, and Northeastern was in third with a time of 6:03.746. The Bears tied Harvard in the Rowe Cup standings, but the cup was awarded to the Crimson, as the first varsity outcome acted as the tiebreaker. 

With a win by the Harvard lightweight first varsity in the final race of the day, the Crimson won both 1V grand final events for the 14th time in school history and the second time in the last three years. Non-Harvard crews have combined to accomplish the feat on only four occasions.

In the heavyweight second varsity race, Princeton and Brown jumped out to an early lead through the first 1,000 meters and held the top two spots from start to finish. Harvard's push towards the finish brought the Crimson to within 0.404 seconds of second-place Princeton and 3.333 seconds behind the winner, Brown.

The Harvard freshman eight won its fourth straight Sprints crown, and 24th overall, by edging Brown in the Grand Final. The Crimson and Bears were well ahead of the pack by the 1,000-meter mark, with Brown holding a slight edge. Harvard stayed with the Bears through the middle portion of the race, before pulling out in front for the final 750 meters. The Crimson came across 2.488 seconds faster than Brown.

The Crimson's fourth varsity also advanced to its grand final and finished second behind Princeton.

Harvard has the IRA National Championships May 31-June 2 and the 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta left on its 2013 spring schedule.

Grand Final Results (Complete Results)
First Varsity Eight Grand Final
Harvard – 5:56.721
Brown – 6:01.925
Northeastern – 6:03.746
Princeton – 6:08.917
Yale – 6:09.432
BU – 6:15.723

Second Varsity Eight Grand Final
Brown – 6:06.761
Princeton – 6:09.690
Harvard – 6:10.094
Northeastern – 6:18.485
Wisconsin – 6:21.128
BU – 6:26.335

First Freshman Eight Grand Final
Harvard – 6:12.384
Brown – 6:14.872
Cornell – 6:25.404
Wisconsin – 6:31.136
Penn – 6:37.541
Navy – 6:40.694

Fourth Varsity Eight Grand Final
Princeton – 6:39.139
Harvard – 6:42.339
Navy – 6:46.909
Cornell – 6:52.504
Holy Cross – 6:58.113
Brown – 7:08.245

Major EARC Sprints championships
Varsity eight
1947, '48, '49, '59, '64, '65, '66, '67, '68, '69, '70, '74, '75, '76, '77, '80, '83, '85, '88, '89, '90, 2003, '04, '05, '07, '10, '11, '13
Second varsity eight
1947, '49, '64, '65, '66, '69, '72, '73, '74, '75, '78, '85, '86, '90, '93, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '11
Freshman eight
1949, '50, '55, '58, '63, '65, '67, '72, '76, '80, '83, '84, '85, '86, '90, '99, 2001, '02, '04, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13

Rowe Cup Titles (33)
1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

2013 All-Ivy League
First Varsity
Bow: James Medway; 2: James O'Connor; 3: Andrew Reed; 4: Josh Hicks; 5: Parker Washburn; 6: Vincent Breet; 7: Charles Risbey; Stroke: Andrew Holmes; Coxswain: David Fuller