Crimson Notches Fourth Straight Sweep in 146th Harvard-Yale Regatta

The Harvard varsity heavyweights capped the fourth straight sweep of Yale in the 146th Harvard-Yale regatta
The Harvard varsity heavyweights capped the fourth straight sweep of Yale in the 146th Harvard-Yale regatta

Anthony Locke Post-Race Comments

Harry Parker Post-Race Comments

The Eastern-champion Crimson heavyweight varsity, second varsity and freshman eights completed their perfect dual seasons with a sweep of the rival Bulldogs in the 146th Harvard-Yale Regatta, America's oldest intercollegiate sporting event, Saturday afternoon on the Thames River.

It is the fourth straight sweep for the Crimson (7-0), as the Harvard seniors graduate unbeaten in the annual competition. With the 13.7-second victory, the Harvard varsity eight has now captured 11 H-Y wins in the past 12 years. The win also gave head coach Harry Parker his 21st unbeaten dual season and increased Harvard's series lead to 92-54. Earlier, the freshman eight won by 21 seconds and the second varsity won by 30 to set a new three-mile course record.

"I thought the guys all raced really well," said Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "All three of the crews rowed very solid races, and I thought Yale made a very good fight out of it."

The freshman eights were the first to take to the water in very challenging conditions caused by a strong tailwind. Both squads got off to good, aggressive starts but the Crimson began to pull away and led by two seconds at the half-mile mark.

The margin grew from there. Harvard led by two lengths of open water halfway through the two-mile race and by 14 seconds after another half-mile. The Crimson challenged the course record before settling for a winning time of 9:03.2, while Yale reached the finish in 9:24.2.

The water had calmed significantly by the time the second varsity eights squared off. The Crimson took a slight edge off the start line and led by a boat deck through a half-mile. Harvard rowed at a low, steady stroke rate throughout the race and inched out to a boat-length lead a mile into the race.

The Crimson led by five seconds halfway through the race, doubled that margin over the next half-mile and doubled it again over the next half to lead by more than 20 seconds with a half-mile to go. Harvard made it to the line in 13:38, eclipsing the record of 13:46.1 set by the 2004 Crimson second varsity. Yale finished in 14:08.

The sun came out in time for the varsity race with conditions much improved from the start of racing. Harvard led by a couple seats after a half-mile and by nearly a length following a full mile. Yale (3-4) kept contact and trailed by three seconds through 1.5 miles, but the Crimson soon gained open water and led by six seconds with half the course gone.

Harvard never allowed Yale back in the race. The Crimson advantage reached 10 seconds through three miles and 14 seconds through 3.5. The Crimson finished its perfect dual season with a time of 19:05.7 to Yale's 19:19.1.

Harvard also took the combination race Friday, posting a time of 9:28.6 to Yale's 9:40.5.

The Crimson now turns its attention to the IRA National Championships June 2-4 in Camden, N.J.

Varsity Eight
Harvard: 19:05.7
Yale: 19:19.1

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard: 13:38
Yale: 14:08

Freshman Eight
Harvard: 9:03.2
Yale: 9:24.2

Combination Eight (Friday)
Harvard 9:28.6
Yale 9:40.5