Harvard Heavyweight Crew Reclaims Stein Cup with Sweep of Brown

Harvard Heavyweight Crew Reclaims Stein Cup with Sweep of Brown

James O'Connor, Anthony Locke and Parker Washburn (left to right) helped the Crimson varsity eight win its first trophy of 2011.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight crew captured all five races from Ivy League rival Brown, reclaiming the Stein Cup and avenging its only varsity dual loss of last season, Saturday morning on the Charles River.

The third-ranked Crimson (2-0) defeated the seventh-ranked Bears (1-2) by about six seats in a hard-fought varsity race that was typical of the rivalry between the last two Eastern champions. Harvard's second varsity and freshman eights won by comfortable margins. The fourth varsity/second freshman eight and third varsity eight closed out the Crimson's second sweep in as many regattas this spring.

"I thought all the crews raced really well," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "We're happy for the result against a Brown program that is always very strong, and we were happy for the great conditions."

A week after racing in a treacherous headwind on the Charles, the Crimson and Bears were treated to sunny skies and calm waters as the varsity eights lined up for the opening race. Harvard jumped out to a lead in the early going and built an advantage of about a boat length in the second 500 meters.

Brown, however, pulled hard through the midway point of the race and cut a couple seats off the margin by the time the boats emerged from the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. The Bears stayed with the Crimson the rest of the way but could not get much closer, and Harvard won by 2.6 seconds in 5:55.2 to extend its lead in the all-time Stein Cup series to 38-9.

The Crimson second varsity lengthened its lead on the Bears throughout the second race of the regatta, going hard all the way to the finish line and crossing in 5:58.9, 11.5 seconds ahead of Brown. The Harvard freshmen followed with a seven-second victory into a headwind that had developed by late morning, pulling away from Brown in the second half of the race and finishing in 6:12.2.

The third varsity trailed Brown early on but drew even by 500 meters into the race. Harvard then built a four-seat lead in the next 200 meters and led by a length by the 1,000-meter mark, on the way to a 4.2-second win. The fourth varsity/second freshman boat held off the Bears by two seconds in the closes race of the day. 

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:55.2
Brown 5:57.8

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:58.9
Brown 6:10.4

Third Varsity Eight
Harvard 6:19.0
Brown 6:23.2

Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:12.2
Brown 6:19.2

Fourth Varsity/Second Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:30.0
Brown 6:32.0