CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The seventh-ranked Harvard men's heavyweight crew held off a late charge from No. 5 Princeton Saturday on the Charles River to capture the Compton Cup.
Harvard brings home the Compton Cup for the second-straight year and has won 10 of the last 12 against its rival from New Jersey.
Condition early on the Charles featured a rising sun and temperatures ascending through the 40s. There was an east, northeast wind (tail) that fluctuated between five and 10 miles per hour, creating good racing conditions for the Compton Cup.
The varsity eight got out to an early lead on the Tigers, building up nearly a full boat length advantage in the first 1,000 meters. Princeton made a push with 700 meters to go, closing the gap to four seats, but Harvard responded to retake a sizeable lead and finished a full two seconds ahead at the finish with a time of 5:36.100.
Princeton was able to earn victory in the other four varsity eight races staged Saturday.
Harvard heads to Annapolis, Maryland next weekend to race against Navy and Penn for the Smith Cup.
5V: Katherine Wang (Cox), Bryce Anderson (Stroke), Travis Anderson (7), David Orner (6), Alexander Green (5), Christopher Fenaroli (4), Zachary Keller (3), Henry Lynch (2), Marshall Sloane (Bow)
Harvard – 5:36.100
Princeton – 5:38.300
Second Varsity Eight
Princeton – 5:39.880
Harvard – 5:48.434
Third Varsity Eight
Princeton – 5:45.390
Harvard – 5:52.080
Fourth Varsity Eight
Princeton – 5:45.588
Harvard – 5:47.330
Fifth Varsity Eight
Princeton – 6:05.100
Harvard – 6:15.200