No. 2 Harvard Lightweights Tighten Grip on Haines Cup

The Crimson lightweight varsity eight improved to 7-0 on the year.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 2 Harvard lightweight varsity eight defeated No. 6 Navy Saturday morning on the Charles River, securing the Haines Cup for a third straight year. The Crimson lightweight varsity eight won by 1.2 seconds, capping a three-victory day over the Midshipmen on a windy, rainy morning on the river.

Harvard (7-0) also secured victories in the second varsity and freshman eight races, while Navy (2-3) carried wins in the third varsity and second freshman eight events.

On a choppy course that was similar to last week's conditions, but with more crosswind, the Crimson varsity grabbed and held an early two-second lead, downing the Midshipmen  by 1.2 seconds, as Harvard finished in 5:53.0. "We managed to take a solid early lead in the race," said head coach Charley Butt. "Navy, which is a very strong and physical team, was able to push back, but we held them off down the stretch. We are very happy with the result this morning."

With conditions deteriorating as the morning went on, the second varsity also built an early advantage, as Harvard carried the race in 5:59.4, nearly three seconds ahead of Navy's pace of 6:02.2. Following the first and second varsity victories for the Crimson, the freshman eight cruised to an impressive victory, winning in 6:11.4, while Navy finished in 6:17.7. Harvard led the race by three seats when Navy caught a crab just into the final 1,000 meters.

Navy picked up wins in the third varsity and second freshman events to close out the morning. The Midshipmen captured the third varsity race with a mark of 6:07.8, while Harvard completed the course in 6:17.8. Closing out the competition, Navy also picked up a win in the second freshman race, finishing in 6:28.1, while the Crimson posted a time of 6:34.7.

The Crimson varsity has now won three consecutive Haines Cup races for the first time in a decade and leads the all-time Cup series, 38-7. Harvard has defeated its last 17 dual opponents and 10 straight home dual foes.

Varsity Eight
Harvard  5:53.0
Navy  5:54.2

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:59.4
Navy  6:02.2

Third Varsity Eight
Navy 6:07.8
Harvard 6:17.8

Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:11.4
Navy 6:17.7

Second Freshman Eight
Navy  6:28.1
Harvard 6:34.7