Harvard Lightweight Crew Races in China

The Crimson with their racing shell, during the race and after winning

BEIJING—Members of the Harvard lightweight crew dominated a field of three other prestigious rowing programs in the first of two races on a summer trip to China Sunday on the Shunyi Olympic Basin.

The Crimson won by 16.2 seconds against Ivy League rival Yale as well as Oxford University and Cambridge University of England on the course used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The team has been training there since Friday and will fly to Chengdu City, in the Sichuan province, for another race next weekend.

After winning by nearly a length in a heat to determine lane assignments, the Crimson, racing in Lane 3, posted a victorious time of 6:01.5. Yale was a distant second in 6:17.7, while Oxford edged Cambridge by 2.2 seconds with a third-place time of 6:28.0.

Representing Harvard in China are coxswain Dexter Louie ’10, senior stroke Will Newell, junior Austin Meyer, junior Tim Moore, Martin Eirmann ’10, sophomore Florian Mayr, senior Andrew Trott, senior Tyler Caldwell and sophomore bowman Erich Schultze. Senior Sean Duncan is training with the squad as an alternate. 

Race Results
Harvard (Lane 3) 6:01.5
Yale (Lane 4) 6:17.7
Oxford (Lane 5) 6:28.0
Cambridge (Lane 2) 6:30.2