Smooth Rowing on Rough River: Harvard Sweeps Regatta for Sixth Time This Decade

Smooth Rowing on Rough River: Harvard Sweeps Regatta for Sixth Time This Decade

New London, Conn. – For the sixth time in nine years and the second time in two tries, the Harvard heavyweights swept rival Yale in the 144th edition of the Harvard-Yale Regatta Saturday afternoon on the Thames River.

The Crimson won the varsity eight, junior varsity and freshman eight races Saturday after earning a nine-second win in the combination race Friday night. It was the 40th win for Harry Parker, the Stone Family Head Coach for Harvard Crew in the varsity eight. The win also gives the Crimson a 90-54 lead in the all-time series.

Harvard, who has won nine of the last 10 races and 22 of the last 25 against its archrival, finish the season with a 7-0 dual racing record. Harvard won all five cup races this season – Adams, Compton, Stein, Smith and Sexton Cup -- for the first time since 2005.

Harvard’s completed the sweep of Yale with a commanding 20 second victory in the four mile varsity race. The Crimson rowed out to a two and a half length lead at the first mile marker and did not take its foot off the accelerator until the finish at the Gold Star Bridge. The varsity boat was powered by three seniors, juniors and sophomores who remained calm under tough rowing conditions that featured a strong headwind. The Crimson crossed the finish line with a time of 21:25.6, while the Bulldogs finished with a time of 21:45.1.

The nine members of the varsity eight, who gave Parker his 20th undefeated season, were seniors Simon Gawlik, Henrik Rummel and James Bayley, juniors Noah Bruegmann, Blake Pucsek and Richard Anderson and sophomores David Wakulich, Anthony Locke and Chris Kingston.

In the three mile junior varsity race, Harvard held on for the win in dramatic fashion. After one mile of competition, The Crimson oared out to a one and a half length lead and extended its advantage to more than two boat lengths at the two-mile marker. Yale would not go down without a fight as they stroked deep into the Thames River to edge back into contention with one mile remaining in the race. A strong sprint allowed the Bulldogs to walk into the Crimson boat, but Harvard held on for the victory as they crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of the Elis with a time of 16:16.9. The Bulldogs pulled in with a time of 16:19.1. The Crimson won the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy for the 11 times in the past 13 years.

The Harvard rookies rowed to a convincing win in the first event of the day with an eight second margin over their Yale counterparts. Any chance for a Yale comeback was laid to rest when the three seat of the Yale boat caught a crab 2,000 meters into the race. This unfortunate event allowed the Crimson to row out to a two length lead which they would not surrender. Harvard finished with a time of 10:44.2 and Yale clocked in with a time of 10:52.2, giving the Yardlings its eight in the last 10 races and 20 of the past 25.

The freshmen boat was coxed by Alex Sopko, while Pat Lapage, Jack Morrissey, Nick Jordan, Robert Stone, Michael DiSanto, Matthew Edstein, Elihu Reynolds and Sam O’Connor rowed.