No. 1 Harvard Lights Take Varsity, Freshman Races from No. 5 Cornell, No. 9 Penn

The Crimson freshman eight moved to 3-0 on the spring.
The Crimson freshman eight moved to 3-0 on the spring.

ITHACA, N.Y.—The No. 1 Harvard lightweight varsity eight posted a 6.3-second win against No. 5 Cornell and No. 9 Penn while the Crimson freshman lights swept a pair of races Saturday morning on the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

Harvard's second and third varsities each placed second in a headwind that increased in intensity as the morning progressed. The morning started with the Crimson's freshman eight win in nearly calm water. A slight breeze arrived for the next race, the varsity eight, and the freshman fours faced whitecaps by the final quarter of their race to finish the morning.

"In each of the three phases of the race—the start, the middle and the finish—we were equal or a little better than our opponents, and it worked out to a nice margin," said head coach Charley Butt. "It was solid; it was complete; it was good. The guys can take a lot of satisfaction."

The Crimson varsity (3-0) extended its streak of consecutive dual opponents defeated to 22 by gaining a second or two on the Big Red and Quakers in each third of the race. Harvard finished in 6:02.8, while Cornell clocked in at 6:09.1 and Penn was 19.1 seconds behind the Crimson in 6:21.9.

The Harvard freshman boats bookended the regatta with wins in very different conditions. The freshman eight started out with a 4.2-second win in 6:08.0. Later, both the Crimson A and B fours finished ahead of the Big Red. Harvard A won in 7:35.9, defeating Cornell by 39.9 seconds. The B four was just 6.1 seconds back of the A four in the rough waters.

"Everyone on the team rowed hard today. We're in a good place right now," said Butt. "The freshmen really did well. They had a really good effort and were strong in every phase."

Cornell won the second and third varsity races. Harvard finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Penn in the second varsity event and 9.6 ahead in the third varsity.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 6:02.8
Cornell 6:09.1
Penn 6:21.9

Second Varsity Eight
Cornell 6:16.6
Harvard 6:32.0
Penn 6:36.3

Third Varsity Eight
Cornell 6:36.4
Harvard 6:56.7
Penn 7:06.3

Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:08.0
Cornell 6:12.2
Penn 6:16.7

Freshman Fours
Harvard A 7:35.9
Harvard B 7:42.0
Cornell 8:14.8