CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Head of the Charles Regatta is a memorable event every year at Newell and Weld Boathouses, but the 47th edition proved to be a special one.
The top boats from each of the four Harvard/Radcliffe rowing teams earned top-three finishes Sunday. The Harvard heavyweights' championship eight led the way by winning its third title and first in 34 years in the regatta's premier eights race. The oarsmen won dressed in shirts spelling out "50 YEARS" in honor of the start of Harry Parker's 50th season as head coach.
The Crimson lightweight eight defeated all of its collegiate opposition, finishing second to the USRowing boat stroked by Will Newell '11. The Harvard heavyweights and lightweights combined to win the MacMahon Cup Regatta Point Trophy for the most total points by any club, school, college or university.
The Radcliffe heavyweights placed second in a crowded field of 39 boats in the women's championship eights race. Among the crews the Black and White defeated were entries from the other seven Ivy League schools and seven teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships last season.
Radcliffe's lightweight eight was the last top boat to race and had a performance fitting of the weekend. The Black and White placed third, just one second behind defending national champion Stanford.
Here's what others are saying about the world's largest two-day rowing event and the Harvard/Radcliffe performance:
Boston Herald: Heavyweight battle goes Harvard's way
New England Sports Network: Harvard Feeds Off Home Crowd (Video)
Rowing News: Collegiate Rowing Shines on Sunday
Associated Press: Harvard wins men's championship eights