CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight retained the Compton Cup for the sixth straight year, topping Princeton and MIT to cap a five-race sweep Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The varsity race featured the top two finishers in each of the last two Eastern Sprints grand finals, Harvard and Princeton, and the outcome was the same Saturday. The margin was 6.7 seconds, as Harvard (4-0) completed the 2,000 meter course into a headwind in 5:59.5 and handed the Tigers (5-1) their first loss.
Harvard's win was its 60th in 75 races for the Compton Cup, while Princeton and MIT (0-8) were the 16th and 17th victims in the Crimson's current head-to-head win streak. Scroll down for video of the race.
While it was the varsity victory that earned Harvard its second trophy in as many weeks, the second varsity race yielded the Crimson's greatest margin of victory. Harvard registered an eight-second win in 6:09.2.
The freshman eight race also belonged to Harvard. The Crimson rookies remained perfect in dual competition by finishing 7.3 seconds before Princeton in 6:09.8. MIT was third in 6:31.3.
The Crimson third varsity began the busy, sunny morning on the Basin by topping Princeton by five seconds in 6:07.8. The headwind increased as the day progressed from there. The second race pitted the fourth varsity and second freshman eights from Harvard against Brown, whose other boats were facing Northeastern. The Crimson fourth varsity pulled out a 2.4-second win in 6:20.2.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Fourth Varsity Eight/Second Freshman Eight
Harvard 4V 6:20.2
Harvard 2F 6:32.3
*MIT varsity rowed in heavy launch wake during second 1,000 meters