The Crimson varsity approaches the finish line as a crowd of spectators awaits at Bartlett's Cove.
LEDYARD, Conn. —The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight posted a 5.9-second win against rival Yale to lead the Crimson to a sweep of the Bulldogs for the third straight year in the 145th Harvard-Yale Regatta Saturday morning on the Thames River.
The Crimson second varsity and freshman eights cruised to wins of 15.6 and 14.9 seconds, respectively, in the latest edition of America's oldest intercollegiate athletic event. Harvard has now won 10 of the last 11 varsity matchups and has swept the Regatta in seven of the last 10 years. The Crimson extended its all-time lead to 91-54 in a series that dates back to a Harvard win in 1852 on Lake Winnipesaukee.
“It was a very, very solid row,” Harry Parker, The Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Crew, said of the varsity win in 19:40.3. “I'm proud of all the crews. The conditions were more challenging than we anticipated, and Yale was very strong. I was very pleased.”
With partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s, conditions were good for most of the morning, but a tailwind shifted into a west crosswind before the four-mile varsity race, the longest of its kind in America and the final event of the morning.
The Yale varsity (5-2) took a three-seat lead in the opening mile, but the Crimson (7-1) surged back into the Bulldogs, went ahead a mile into the race and had an eight-seat advantage after another half-mile. The lead reached a full length at two miles and just before the 2.5-mile mark, Harvard countered a Yale move by taking back three seats to gain an open-water advantage. Harvard led by eight seconds with a mile left to race, but the Bulldogs fought to the end, gaining one second in each of the final half-miles and finishing in 19:46.2.
The morning began with the freshman race. Harvard took control from the start of the race despite rowing at a substantially lower stroke rate than its opposition. The Crimson advantage reached open water just after the half-mile mark. By the midpoint of the two-mile race, Harvard had stretched its lead to nine seconds. The margin reached 15 seconds with a half-mile to go, and the Crimson held it through the finish, crossing in 9:32.7. Yale finished in 9:47.6.
The freshman win completed a fourth straight undefeated dual season for the Harvard freshman eight and coach Bill Manning. The Crimson's last freshman head-to-head loss came in the 2006 Harvard-Yale Regatta.
The three-mile second varsity race followed the same script, as Yale stroked hard off the start but Harvard went ahead by taking fewer, longer strokes. The Crimson gained a couple seats off the start line and steadily pulled away from there, winning in 14:46.8 to the Bulldogs' 15:02.4. Harvard also won a closely contested combination race by four seconds Friday afternoon.
Second Varsity Race
Combination Race (Friday)
Yale + 4 seconds
Cox: Kelly Evans, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Matt Edstein, 6: Nick Jordan, 5: David Wakulich, 4: Sam O'Connor, 3: Michael DiSanto, 2: Anthony Locke, 1: Blake Pucsek
Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Joseph Lin, 8: Benjamin French, 7: Noah Bruegmann, 6: Mark Fuller, 5: Connor Griffith, 4: Phil Matthews, 3: Christopher Fuller, 2: Ivan Posavec, 1: Elihu Reynolds
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: James O'Connor, 6: Parker Washburn, 5: Justin Mundt, 4: Jason Phillips, 3: Eli Shikaloff, 2: Alex MacIntosh, 1: Josh Hicks
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Jack Morrissey, 7: Robert Stone, 6: Richard Anderson, 5: Duncan Gilchrist, 4: Lukens Orthweins, 3: Spencer Livingston, 2: Matt Vincent, 1: Alex Soutter