PHILADELPHIA—Led by an 8.7-second victory by the Crimson varsity eight, the second-ranked Harvard lightweight crew swept all five races from No. 10 Penn Saturday afternoon on the Schuylkill River.
Harvard also defeated No. 3 Cornell by forfeit as the Big Red did not travel to Philadelphia for the regatta.
The Crimson varsity eight (3-0) consistently moved away from the Quakers throughout the race, finishing in a winning time of 5:46.4. The second and third varsity eights earlier won by wide margins. The second varsity posted a 13.2-second win in 5:53.7, and the third varsity won by 17 seconds in 6:03.9.
Harvard's freshman eight bounced back from a season-opening loss to Delaware by knocking off a Quaker crew that has since beaten the Blue Hens. The Crimson completed the 2,000-meter course in 5:54.9, six seconds ahead of the Penn entry. The boats were level for 900 meters before Harvard took control.
"The racing today could not have gone better," said head coach Charley Butt, whose squad finishes the weekend Sunday against No. 5 Georgetown. "All of our boats raced well, and we were particularly delighted to see the freshmen get a big win. We're looking forward to racing a strong Georgetown team tomorrow morning."
After Cornell's withdrawal, the Crimson's second freshman eight split into two fours to take on the Quakers' second freshman four. Both Harvard boats topped Penn, with the Harvard A entry crossing the finish line in 7:11.7, 6.3 seconds ahead of the Quakers. The Crimson's B entry finished in 7:15.1.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Harvard A 7:11.7
Harvard B 7:15.1