Perfect 10: No. 2 Harvard Lightweights Top No. 1 Princeton, No. 4 Yale to Complete 10-0 Dual Season

Perfect 10: No. 2 Harvard Lightweights Top No. 1 Princeton, No. 4 Yale to Complete 10-0 Dual Season

The Crimson celebrates with the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups. Scroll down for YouTube video of the varsity race, courtesy Princeton crew.

PRINCETON, N.J.—The No. 2 Harvard lightweight varsity eight came from behind to defeat top-ranked Princeton and beat No. 4 Yale by nearly 12 seconds to complete the 27th perfect dual-racing record in program history and claim the Goldthwait Cup Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.

The Crimson freshman eight also rallied past the Tigers to complete a perfect dual campaign at 10-0 and help Harvard win the Vogel Cup team competition. The Crimson finished with 37 team points, 10 more than Princeton. The Goldthwait win was Harvard's 41st, compared to 25 for Princeton and 19 for Yale, and the unbeaten varsity mark was the Crimson's first since its Eastern and national championship season of 1997. 

“All year long, we've been very steady; we've had steady speed throughout the course,” said Crimson head coach Charley Butt. “That's what we did today. We couldn't be happier with the season and how the athletes are responding to the challenges. They've had luck, and they've made luck. I couldn't be more proud of the way they conducted themselves under pressure in competition and how they have performed all spring.”

Harvard next races for Ivy League and Eastern titles at the Eastern Sprints regatta May 16.

The Crimson trailed by as much as three to four seats but gradually pulled level before using a strong finish to win by seven-tenths of a second. Harvard finished in 5:40.7, while Princeton crossed the line in 5:41.4, followed by Yale in 5:52.6.

The top freshman race followed a similar storyline. The Tigers led for 1,200 meters before Harvard rowed through and eventually notched a 3.5-second win in 5:53.0. The Crimson beat Yale by 8.7 seconds. Princeton won the second varsity eight in 5:46.9, followed by Yale and Harvard.

Harvard placed second in the third varsity and second freshman races, both of which were won by Yale. The Bulldogs topped the Crimson second varsity by 3.3 seconds in 6:03.1. The Harvard second freshman eight's time of 6:24.4 was 5.2 seconds off Yale's pace.

Team Competition
Harvard 37 points
Princeton 27
Yale 20

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:40.7
Princeton 5:41.4
Yale 5:52.6 

Second Varsity Eight
Princeton 5:46.9
Yale 5:51.4
Harvard 5:57.8 

Third Varsity Eight
Yale 6:03.1
Harvard 6:06.4
Princeton 6:12.4 

Freshman Eight
Harvard 5:53.0
Princeton 5:56.5
Yale 6:01.7 

Second Freshman Eight
Yale 6:19.2
Harvard 6:24.4
Princeton 6:40.5

YouTube video courtesy Princeton crew