The freshmen eight took second place in the grand final on Sunday. (Harvard athletic communications)
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Harvard lightweight crew put together a strong showing on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond, finishing third in the Jope Cup, which is given to the best overall team performance, as the freshmen eight claimed silver, while the varsity eight took fifth in the grand finals.
The varsity eight capped off the day on the lake for the Crimson, finishing strong in a hotly contested race down to the finish. Harvard rowed well, but came up just shy of reaching the podium with its 5:46.152 split. In its race, the second varsity eight sat in lane four in the grand finals, and even outperformed its morning heat by nearly four seconds, but ultimately fell to fifth place as well, clocking in at 5:56.844.
The freshmen eight, in the grand final by default of a five-team field, got off to a hot start, but Penn was able to pull away to open water down the stretch, edging the Crimson by just over four seconds, handing Harvard a hard-earned silver medal after a time of 5:47.486. The second freshmen finished third in a field of three, clocking in at 6:15.646, a tenth-of a second behind Cornell and four behind Navy in first.