Harvard Crews Sweep Foot of the Charles in Record-Breaking Fashion

Harvard Crews Sweep Foot of the Charles in Record-Breaking Fashion

MichaelDiSanto and Sam O'Connor (right) helped Harvard set a course record in its fall finale.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight and lightweight crews swept their events at the Foot of the Charles regatta Saturday morning on the Charles River, setting a course record in the process as they closed the fall competition season.

The Crimson heavyweight varsity four A finished the head-race course in a record time of 12:46.415, as Harvard boats took the top two spots in the varsity fours race. The Harvard lightweight varsity four A took seventh in the 49-boat field, ahead of the top heavyweight entries from six schools. In the freshman eights, the Crimson won both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions.

The record-setting, winning crew of James O'Connor, Sam O'Connor, Michael Disanto, Josh Hicks and coxswain David Fuller finished more than 14 seconds faster than the rest of the field. The Harvard B entry edged Syracuse A by about one-third of a second for runner-up honors. Harvard C made it three Crimson boats in the top five by beating the Brown A entry by nearly four-fifths of a second, and Harvard D made it four Harvard heavyweight entries in the top nine.

Harvard's top lightweight entry crossed the line in 13:15.148, ahead of the top heavyweight boats from Dartmouth, Northeastern, MIT, Massachusetts, Boston College and Union. The Harvard lightweight B entry placed 12th in 13:31.210, about 2.5 seconds faster than Syracuse C and also faster than the second Brown heavyweight boat. The Crimson's lightweight C entry took 16th place.

In the 24-boat freshman race, Harvard's heavyweight A entry finished more than three seconds ahead of second-place Boston University and the rest of the field in 12:08.246. The Crimson lightweight A boat placed fifth in 13:14.090, nearly three seconds faster than the sixth-place MIT heavyweights and 12 ahead of the MIT lightweights. The Harvard heavyweight B and lightweight B entries placed 12th and 13th, respectively.