Harvard Heavyweights Sweep, Outlast Princeton for Compton Cup

Harvard Heavyweights Sweep, Outlast Princeton for Compton Cup

The Crimson third varsity (right) recorded the most lopsided win of the day.

PRINCETON, N.J.—The Harvard heavyweight crew swept its third regatta in as many tries this spring, culminating in a varsity victory against Princeton to claim the Compton Cup Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.

The Crimson varsity (3-0) won by 1.2 seconds to hand Princeton (4-1) its first loss of the season in a tight matchup of the top two boats from last season's Eastern Sprints. The four preceding races were not as close, however, with two of Harvard's race wins coming by 10 seconds or more. The Crimson has now won each of the 13 events in which it has entered a boat this spring.

Harvard won the Compton Cup for the fifth straight season and the 59th time overall, while Princeton has 14 wins and MIT has one. The Tigers led at the race's outset and again at the 1,000-meter mark. The Crimson drew even in the third 500 meters and then gained a lead that grew throughout the fourth and final 500. Harvard won in a time of 5:45.6.

The Crimson second varsity showed its strength over the second 1,000 meters as it pulled away to a 10-second victory in 5:51.8. MIT's only entry of the day was in the freshman eight. The Engineers finished a distant third, while Harvard posted a winning time of 5:59.6 to hand the Tiger rookies their first collegiate loss by a 5.5-second margin.

The third and fourth varsities both defeated the Princeton third varsity in the first race of the morning. Harvard's third varsity won the race in 6:02.2, finishing 15.3 seconds ahead of the Tigers but only 11.2 ahead of the Crimson's own fourth varsity, which beat Princeton's third varsity by 4.1 seconds in 6:13.4.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:45.6
Princeton 5:46.8

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:51.8
Princeton 6:01.8

Third Varsity Eight/Fourth Varsity Eight
Harvard 3V 6:02.2
Harvard 4V 6:13.4
Princeton 6:17.5

Freshman Eight
Harvard 5:59.6
Princeton 6:05.4
MIT 6:38.1