ANNAPOLIS, Md./PRINCETON, N.J.—The top-ranked Harvard lightweight crew totaled seven race wins, including a pair of varsity victories and one course record, on a busy Saturday that featured two regattas in different states in contrasting racing conditions.
The Crimson started the day on the Severn River, where it took three of five races and the Haines Cup from host Navy while racing into a quartering headwind of 8-10 miles per hour. The afternoon saw Harvard sweep four events from Georgetown in fast racing fueled by a tailwind on Lake Carnegie.
The Harvard varsity eight (7-0) set a course record with its winning time against the Hoyas and has now downed its last 26 dual opponents.
At Navy, Harvard claimed the varsity, freshman and second freshman races. The varsity topped the Midshipmen (1-6) by 3.4 seconds for its fourth straight Haines Cup win and its second straight victorious trip to Annapolis, where Navy had won its previous seven matchups with Harvard before 2010. The Crimson finished with a winning time of 6:11.0
The teams alternated wins from there. Navy took the second varsity race by 10.1 seconds before Harvard won the freshman eight event by 10.5 with its time of 6:22.1. The Mids followed by taking the third varsity race by 4.5 seconds before Harvard closed the morning with a 6.4-second win in the second freshman race. The Haines Cup regatta was held concurrently with the Adams Cup. In that regatta, the Harvard heavyweights took four of five races from Navy and Penn.
With its day of competition far from over, the Crimson headed north to Princeton, where the Hoyas (7-2) had earlier beaten Penn and the host Tigers. The Harvard varsity defeated Georgetown by just over a length in 5:37, eclipsing the Lake Carnegie mark of 5:38.42 set by the 1998 Princeton lightweight varsity. The Hoyas clocked a time of 5:41.5.
The second varsity and freshman eights also posted sub-6:00 times in their wins, the second varsity eight by 7.7 seconds and the freshman eight by 18.4. Crimson boats placed first and second in the freshman fours race. Check GoCrimson later for official times.
Haines Cup – Harvard at Navy
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Navy 4V 6:57.0
Second Freshman Eight
Harvard vs. Georgetown
Second/Third Varsity Eights
Harvard 2V 5:58.0
Harvard 3V 6:08.7
Harvard A 6:47.8
Harvard B 6:51.2