NEW LONDON, Conn. – In the 154th racing of the Harvard-Yale Regatta, the No. 3 Harvard men's crew captured the second and third varsity eight races, while the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs claimed the first varsity eight race on the Thames River on Saturday, June 8.
Facing a challenging wind in the varsity eight race, Yale moved out to a five-seat lead at the start and continued to sustain it through the first two minutes of racing. Harvard kept pressure on as the rivals approached the one-mile mark. The Bulldogs built a boat-length advantage over the Crimson and pushed it to an open water lead at the middle mark of two miles. Harvard continued to propel through the tough water, closing the gap with Yale. However, Yale widened its margin to push ahead in the final stages of the race and seal the victory at 18:30.9.
Through tough water conditions and a strong tail wind, the second varsity eight race got off to a dominant start for Harvard. The Crimson made a strong statement at the beginning of the race with an aggressive start that saw Harvard build an open water lead through the first two minutes of racing. Continuing to pack on the pressure, the Crimson increased its lead by two boat lengths through the two-mile mark. From there Harvard did not look back, building a demanding 10-second lead over Yale. Snapping a two-year winning streak for the Bulldogs, the Crimson finished 12 seconds ahead of Yale, clocking in at 14:11.1 for the victory.
The third varsity eight race kicked off the day between the two rivals. Yale jumped out of the gates with an early two-seat lead through the first half mile. After Yale began to build on its advantage with a five-seat lead, the Bulldogs nearly widened their margin to open water by the one-mile mark. Harvard continued to pressure and not let Yale slip away, responding with a huge push towards the closing mark of the race. After nearly the two-minute mark, the Crimson rallied back to take the lead and cross the finish line at 9:49.8, 5.8 seconds ahead of Yale for the victory.
During Friday afternoon's combination race, the Bulldogs edged the Crimson by 2.2 seconds for the first-place victory to retain the James P. Snider Cup.
Yale – 18:30.9
Harvard – 18:35.8
Harvard – 14:11.1
Yale – 14:23.1
Harvard – 9:49.8
Yale – 9:55.6
Yale – 9:55.0
Harvard – 9:57.2