No. 4 Harvard Heavies Sweep No. 7 Princeton, Win Compton Cup

No. 4 Harvard Heavies Sweep No. 7 Princeton, Win Compton Cup

Above: The Harvard varsity eight moves farther ahead of Crimson as it crosses the 1,000-meter mark
Middle: Captain Blake Pucsek accepts the Compton Cup as his fellow varsity oarsmen look on
Bottom: YouTube video of the Crimson's sweep

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The fourth-ranked Harvard heavyweight crew swept four races from No. 7 Princeton, including a varsity eight win against the Tigers and MIT to claim the Compton Cup, Saturday morning on the Charles River.

Racing in choppy water on a cold, wet morning, the Crimson came from behind to take the first three races of the day before winning the varsity eight to claim the Compton Cup for the 59th time in the 74 cup competitions since 1933. It was Harvard's fourth straight Compton victory and its eighth in the last nine years.

Harvard (3-1) and Princeton (3-2) were in a close race for the lead through the first half of the cup race. The Crimson led by about one seat at the 1,000-meter mark but surged several more seats ahead while passing under Massachusetts Avenue. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers' steering cable broke and their boat crashed into Harvard's lane, breaking the bow off the Princeton shell and preventing the Tigers from continuing. Harvard went on to finish in 5:53.01, beating MIT (1-5) by 26 seconds.

In a ceremony at Newell Boathouse following the race, named the rowing shell used by the varsity eight in honor of Malcolm Howard '05, a three-time national champion with the Crimson and a 2008 Olympic gold medalist with Canada.

The three preceding races were all variations on the same theme. Each time, Princeton pulled ahead early, only to see Harvard rally for the victory. The second varsity trailed by three seats in the second 500 meters before passing the Tigers around the 1,000 mark and finishing in 5:53.59. Princeton crossed the line in 5:55.13.

The Crimson freshmen trailed by six seats at the midway point but took over in the third 500. They built a seven-seat lead of their own with 500 meters to go and won by a boat length in 5:49.31. The most exciting comeback may have belonged to the third varsity, which trailed by six seats before passing Princeton inside the final 500 meters and winning by more than four seconds in 5:54.42.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:53.01
MIT 6:19.08
Princeton DNF

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:53.59
Princeton 5:55.13 

Third/Fourth Varsity Eights
Harvard  3V 5:54.42
Princeton 5:58.68
Harvard 4V 6:10.00

Freshman Eight
Harvard 5:49.31
Princeton 5:52.35                     

Harvard Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Kelly Evans, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Blake Pucsek, 6: Nick Jordan, 5: David Wakulich, 4: Sam O'Connor, 3: Michael DiSanto, 2: Anthony Locke, 1: Benjamin French 

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Joseph Lin, 8: Phil Matthews, 7: Christopher Fuller, 6: Mark Fuller, 5: Spencer Livingston, 4: Ivan Posavec, 3: Connor Griffith, 2: Jack Morrissey, 1: Elihu Reynolds

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Richard Anderson, 7: Robert Stone, 6: Kyle Gordon, 5: Karl Hirt, 4: Lukens Orthwein, 3: Alex Soutter, 2: Andrew Stein, 1: David Paresky

Fourth Varsity Eight
Cox: Colby Wilkason, 8: Matt Vincent, 7: Nolan Pollock, 6: Alex Housser, 5: Mihailo Malowany, 4: William Polachek, 3: Andrew Safir, 2: Edward Winters Ronaldson, 1: Andrew Hamm

Freshman Eight
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: Justin Mundt, 6: Parker Washburn, 5: James O'Connor, 4: Jason Phillips, 3: Eli Shikaloff, 2: Alex MacIntosh, 1: Josh Hicks

Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Colby Wilkason, 8: Matthew Vincent, 7: Nolan Pollock, 6: Shaw McKean, 5: Tom Hanson, 4: William Polachek, 3: Mick Malowany, 2: Luke Phillips, 1: Chris Goldstein