Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins Three Races Against Penn, Navy; No. 2 First Varsity Retains Adams Cup

Harvard's first varsity rows on still water over Penn and Navy April 27 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
Harvard's first varsity rows on still water over Penn and Navy April 27 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Harvard heavyweight crew's No. 2-ranked first varsity won its 14th straight Adams Cup over No. 9 Navy and No. 15 Penn Saturday morning on the Charles River. Harvard also won the second varsity and first freshman races during the regatta that featured five contests.

Conditions were beautiful on the Charles throughout the morning, as winds did not exceed three miles per hour and the sun shined on flat water with temperatures increasing to over 50 degrees.

The Crimson claimed the Adams Cup after gaining a two-seat lead off of the start of the first varsity race, the last of the day for Harvard.  The Crimson stretched its lead to eight seats by the 900-meter mark and continued to control the race through the Mass. Ave. bridge. Harvard gained an open-water advantage after 1,200 meters and comfortably closed out Penn and Navy in the remainder of the race. The Crimson clocked in at 5:39.7, while Penn held off Navy, 5:47.9-5:49.6, for second place.

Harvard's second varsity won the most exciting race of the day by pulling out a 1.8-second victory. The Crimson and Navy rowed evenly for the first 1,300 meters before Harvard made its move. The Crimson's boat pulled away from the Midshipmen with its best stretch in the last 700 meters to the finish in 5:49.9, as Navy came across at 5:51.7 and Penn was at 6:00.2.

The freshmen were the other Harvard group to win, posting a 5:52.4. Penn was in second at 5:55.3 and Navy trailed at 6:04.1.

The Midshipmen won two contests with victories in the third varsity and fourth varsity races. Harvard's third varsity was 5.5 seconds off of Navy's pace, 6:03.6-6:09.1, and the fourth boat finished in third.

Harvard will face local rival Northeastern May 4 on the Charles River with the Smith Cup on the line in its next outing.

Varsity Eight
Harvard – 5:39.7
Penn – 5:47.9
Navy – 5:49.6

Second Varsity
Harvard – 5:49.9
Navy – 5:51.7
Penn – 6:00.2

Third Varsity
Navy – 6:03.6
Harvard – 6:09.1

Fourth Varsity
Navy – 6:08.1
Penn – 6:17.8
Harvard – 6:22.8

Freshman/Novice Eight
Harvard – 5:52.4
Penn – 5:55.3
Navy – 6:04.1