The varsity eight celebrates after topping Yale in the 149th annual H-Y Regatta (Harvard Athletic Communications).
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Harvard used a strong stretch between the second and third miles to pull away to a 14.1-second win against archrival Yale in the four-mile varsity race, completing a seventh straight sweep of the Bulldogs of 149th Harvard-Yale Regatta Saturday morning on the Thames River.
Also racing in America's oldest intercollegiate sporting event, Harvard's second varsity eight won by a sizable 17.4 second-margin over the three-mile course, while the Crimson also took the two-mile race, defeating Yale's third varsity eight by 3.2 seconds. Harvard added to its win column with a victory in the two-mile combination fours race Friday evening.
The Eastern-champion Crimson posted a perfect 8-0 record during its dual season, going unbeaten in head-to-head racing in the first year under the leadership and guidance of Charley Butt, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew.
"It's wonderful what we could accomplish this year for the obvious reason," Butt said, reflecting on the legacy of legendary Harvard head coach Harry Parker, who led Harvard for 51 years before his passing last June. "It's been a real pleasure leading this team this season. These are outstanding oarsmen and outstanding student-athletes. I've coached Harvard men for many years and it's wonderful to be a part of all the traditions now."
The varsity has now defeated Yale for the 14th time in the last 15 Regattas, pushing its series lead to 96-54. The Crimson also has now beaten its last 35 dual opponents. This year's varsity eight, coxed by Will Hakim, consisted of Andy Holmes, Charlie Risbey, Max Meyer-Bosse, Vincent Breet, James Johnston, Andrew Reed James Medway and Peter Scholle,
The Crimson took a slight lead off the start of the varsity race, leading by nearly two seconds by the half-mile mark, but the Bulldogs remained in contention for most the first mile, staying in contact with Harvard. After the Crimson upped its lead to four seconds after the first mile, Harvard continued to stride away and led by more than a boat's length at the midway point of the race.
Down the stretch, Harvard doubled its advantage between the second and third mile, leading by 14 seconds at the three-mile mark. In the last portion of the race, the Crimson remained in control, cruising past the finish line in 19:32.3, while Yale crossed in 19:46.4.
After a calm start to the afternoon's event, a stronger crosswind picked up prior to the second race, as the Harvard and Yale second battled the upstream tide over the three miles.
The two crews battled stroke-for-stroke early on before Harvard grabbed an open water lead by the first-mile mark. The gap widened by the midpoint of the race, as the Crimson grabbed a seven-second advantage with 1.5 miles remaining. Down the stretch, Harvard poured it on in the latter portion of the race, crossing the line in 14:15.7, while Yale finished the course in 14:33.1.
In the two-mile race, the Crimson held a slight lead from the start, before stretching it to open water by the mile mark against the Yale third varsity eight. Harvard, which led by four seconds after the first mile, held its advantage the final half of the race, finishing the two-mile course in 9:19.6 to Yale's 9:22.8.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Harvard A 12:40.64
Harvard B 12:58.66
Second Varsity Eight Video
Third Varsity Eight Video