Harvard Lightweight Varsity, Freshmen, Team Place Second at Sprints
The varsity eight wins its morning heat.
WORCESTER, Mass. —The Harvard lightweight crew placed second in the varsity and freshman eight grand finals as well as the Jope Cup team competition at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints Championships Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
Four of Harvard's five entered boats earned silver medals, with the third varsity eight and second freshman eight also garnering runner-up status and the freshman eight missing gold by about three-tenths of a second. The Crimson, the defending Jope champion, totaled 32 team points to finish five back of Princeton, which edged Harvard for the varsity title.
On a sunny day of fast racing and close finishes, the Crimson finished on the wrong end of some tight first-place battles. Princeton gained revenge on a Harvard varsity eight that beat the Tigers two weeks ago to end its rival's 20-race win streak and take its No. 1 national ranking. The race followed a similar script to the last meeting with Princeton gaining a little bit of room on second-place Harvard as the race progressed, only to see the Crimson close well. This time, the Tigers' lead proved big enough, as Princeton held on to win by 2.3 seconds, with Harvard crossing the line in 5:43.417.
“I think we rowed well, but the Princeton bounced back very well from last time,” said Harvard head coach Charley Butt. “The race was different by about three or four seats. Their lead was that much bigger this time, and that was the difference in us catching them or not.”
The members of Harvard's varsity earned second-team All-Ivy League honors. They are coxswain Dexter Louie and oarsmen Tim Moore, Austin Meyer, Will Newell, Martin Eiermann, Billy Hennrikus, Andrew Trott, Jared Dourdeville, James Stewart
The Crimson freshman eight, like the varsity, brought a 10-0 dual record and the top seed into Sunday. Third-seeded Cornell outlasted Harvard by a bow ball, 5:48.454 to 5:48.782. The two contenders battled hard down the stretch to pull away from a tightly packed field led by third-place Princeton.
The freshman race was not the first time the Big Red spoiled a possible Crimson victory. The Cornell third varsity eight earlier got to the line about 0.7 seconds ahead of Harvard. The Crimson beat third-place Navy by more than three seconds in a seven-boat field.
The second freshman eight finished second to Navy in its grand final. The second varsity placed second to Yale in its heat and fourth in the grand final. Princeton won the race and Harvard missed a medal by less than two seconds with its fourth-place time of 5:53.025.
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