LONDON – Oxford University, with Harvard heavyweight crew alumni Mike DiSanto '12, Malcolm Howard '05 and Sam O'Connor '12, beat Cambridge by 11 lengths in the biggest victory since 1973 to win the 160th University Boat Race.
The Dark Blues earned their fifth victory over the last seven years.
Just after the start, the crews nearly clashed as they battled for the deepest water. Cambridge pulled ahead early, but the Dark Blues rallied to establish a slim lead by the tile the mile post was reached (3:47). Oxford was able to pull away and win the event at little more than a canter, eventually crossing the line in at a time of 18:36.
Howard and O'Connor won their second-straight Boat Race after winning last year's edition by 1 1/3 lengths in a time of 17:28.
While with the Crimson, Howard rowed in the 1V for three years and never lost a race. He helped the Crimson to three IRA titles. Howard also won gold at the Beijing Olympics and silver in London for Canada in the men's eight.
DiSanto – a captain – and O'Connor also rowed for three years in the 1V boat, as DiSanto won Sprints twice and O'Connor once. Both finished their Harvard careers with a one-foot win in the Ladies Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta.