ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Harvard heavyweight varsity and second varsity eights claimed hard-fought wins as part of the Crimson's four wins in five races in the Adams Cup regatta against Navy and Penn Saturday morning on the Severn River.
The Crimson freshman and third varsity eights also won, as Harvard's varsity, second varsity and freshman boats all stayed unbeaten on the season. The varsity (6-0) picked up Harvard's 50th win in 77 races for the Adams Cup and extended its streak of dual opponents defeated to 19. Back home on the Charles River, the Crimson fourth varsity defeated the Syracuse second freshman eight and Holy Cross third varsity eight.
Harvard led throughout the varsity race, but Navy (6-1) was close behind all the way down the course and trailed the Crimson by less than a boat length at the finish. The Crimson won by 1.9 seconds in 5:59.3. Penn (2-6) placed third, 12.6 seconds behind Harvard. The boats faced a quartering headwind of 8-10 miles per hour and a three-inch chop throughout the course.
The Crimson faced another stiff challenge from the Midshipmen in the second varsity event. The race played out in a similar fashion, with Harvard holding off Navy by about a second with a winning time of 6:05.76. Penn was third in 6:29.67.
The order of finish stayed the same in the freshman eight race, but the margin was wider, as Harvard's time of 6:13.96 was good for a six-second victory. The Harvard third varsity won in 6:20.5, topping a pair of Navy crews by about nine seconds.
Navy's second freshman eight spoiled Harvard's threat of a sweep by winning the final heavyweight race of the morning. The races alternated with the Haines Cup lightweight regatta. The Crimson lights topped Navy in three of five races, including the varsity eight.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Navy 3V 6:29.05
Navy 4V 6:29.55
Second Freshman Eight
Navy 5V/3F 6:46.20
Fourth Varsity Eight (Charles River, Cambridge, Mass.)
Holy Cross 3V