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Heavyweights Make it Five in A Row, Take Rowe Cup, Ivy League Title at EARC Sprints

The Harvard heavyweights took home the Rowe Cup and the Ivy League championship on Sunday. (Harvard Athletic Communications)

Complete Results

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the fifth time in as many years – and the 34th time in program history – the Harvard heavyweight crew captured the Rowe Cup after a stellar day on Lake Quinsigamond. The varsity eight's near-record time of 5:27.277 in the grand final catapulted the Crimson to victory.

The Crimson V8 took home the newly established cup named in the late Harry Parker's honor, along with the Ivy League title.

The freshmen eight took second place to help the Crimson to the Rowe Cup. 

Needing a win in the final heavyweight race of the day to keep Brown from halting the active four-year streak, the Crimson furiously led the pack of elite competition, holding off the Brown boat that looked to upset them. Harvard rowed itself across the red buoys in 5:27.277, a mere .27 off the lake record thanks to ideal racing conditions as the evening approached. Last season, the Crimson captured the Cup with a time of 5:56.721. Brown stopped the clock just over a second later to take second, while fellow Ivy boat Princeton placed third in 5:32.411.

The freshmen eight clocked the best time of the morning heats (5:49.109), but a heated race with Brown in the grand final kept the Crimson from its gold medal. Brown and Harvard battled neck-and-neck the entire 1,500 meters, but the Bears' boat finished just a seat faster than the Crimson to take first.

In the second varsity race, Harvard earned a spot in lane two after its heat in the morning, but a quick field escaped the Crimson, which finished in fifth in a time of 5:41.170. A strong push towards the finish kept things close, but Northeastern took the podium in 5:37.781, and were joined on the dock by Princeton and Navy.

The third varsity race, Harvard found itself in the petite final after the morning heat. The Crimson rowed well, especially in the final 750 meters, but Yale was able to edge it out, along with Wisconsin and Dartmouth.

The fourth varsity also reached the peitite final, finishing in fourth with a time of 6:01.366. Harvard has the IRA National Championships May 30-June 1 and the 149th Harvard-Yale Regatta left on its 2014 spring schedule.

Rowe Cup Titles (34)
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, 2014
Results
Varsity Eight GF
1 Harvard - 5:27.277
2 Brown - 5:28.998
3 Princeton - 5:32.411
4 Northeastern - 5:33.972
5 BU - 5:34.648
6 Yale - 5:35.498
7 Cornell - 5:37.906 
Second Varsity GF
1 Northeastern - 5:37.781
2 Princeton - 5:38.837
3 Navy - 5:39.733
4 Brown - 5:39.811
5 Harvard - 5:41.170
6 BU - 5:42.769
 
Varsity Four GF
1 Harvard - 7:06.195
2 Yale - 7:14.702
3 MIT - 7:20.177
4 Holy Cross - 7:33.818 

Freshman Eight GF
1 Brown - 5:38.142
2 Harvard - 5:38.761
3 Cornell - 5:41.970
4 Wisconsin - 5:44.079
5 George Washington - 5:48.998
6 Georgetown - 5:54.127

Third Varsity Eight PF
1 Yale- 5:50.005
2 Wisconsin - 5:52.207
3 Dartmouth - 5:52.912
4 Harvard - 5:58.358
5 Columbia - 5:58.547
6 Syracuse - 6:03.022

Fourth Varsity Eight PF
1 Northeastern - 5:55.030
2 Princeton A - 5:58.428
3 Dartmouth - 6:00.452
4 Harvard - 6:01.366
5 Holy Cross - 6:05.943
6 Princeton B - 6:36.808