CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The top-ranked Harvard lightweight varsity eight captured its first trophy of the spring, the Biglin Bowl, with a 4.2-second victory against No. 6 Dartmouth and No. 11 MIT Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The Crimson freshmen swept a pair of races to give Harvard three wins in five events, all into a headwind, starting with the varsity's 49th win in 58 years of Biglin Bowl racing. Harvard (5-0) pulled away steadily from Dartmouth (1-1) and finished in 6:12.4. MIT (0-4) placed third in 6:48.7.
"It was another good go," said head coach Charley Butt, whose varsity extended its win streak to 24 straight dual matchups. "I thought we put together a good race. Dartmouth looked like they were rowing pretty well, so for us to get out in front like that was really encouraging."
The freshman eight also remained unbeaten, topping the runner-up Engineers by 12 seconds in a time of 6:26.7, while the Big Green was another 1.6 seconds back. The second freshmen raced as an eight for the first time this spring, posting a time of 6:39.1, good for a 7.1-second margin over Dartmouth to cap the morning's racing.
"The freshmen were able to assert themselves in the second 1,000 meters," Butt said. "What can you be but pleased about that?"
Dartmouth defeated Harvard in the second varsity race, posting a time of 6:34.7 to the Crimson's 6:41.1. The Crimson third varsity split into fours and finished in second and third, behind Dartmouth and ahead of MIT.
Second Varsity Eight
Harvard B 7:32.9
Harvard A 7:36.4
Second Freshman/Novice Eight