No. 2 Crimson Lights Cap Weekend with Defeat of No. 5 Georgetown

Tim Moore, Austin Meyer and Will Newell (left to right) helped Harvard to its third official win in two days.

PRINCETON, N.J.—The second-ranked varsity eight was among two victorious Harvard lightweight boats against No. 5 Georgetown in the final regatta of the Crimson's busy weekend away from home Sunday morning on Lake Carnegie. 

A day after winning at No. 10 Penn and defeating No. 3 Cornell by forfeit, the Harvard varsity (4-0) defeated the Hoyas (2-3) by 3.6 seconds in a neutral-site matchup on nearly flat water. The Crimson second varsity posted a 13.1-second win about 20 minutes earlier. Georgetown claimed victory in both freshman races.

"Everyone raced well enough to learn from the effort," said head coach Charley Butt. "The varsity crews were happy to follow two solid days with a trip home. I think the freshmen will develop more consistency in the next few weeks."

The Crimson varsity eight, which capped the 2010 dual season with a big win against rivals Princeton and Yale on this course, reached the finish line in 5:48.9 to extend its streak of defeated dual opponents to 14. Georgetown finished in 5:52.5. The races were contested with a slight tailwind.

The second varsity cruised to victory in 6:01.7, while Harvard's third varsity eight finished 3.5 seconds behind the GU second varsity in 6:18.3.

Harvard's first and second varsity wins were bookended by Georgetown's two freshman victories. The morning started with the Hoyas' second freshman eight finishing 4.3 seconds ahead of the Crimson's time of 6:37.2. The Harvard freshman eight finished the last race in 6:11.4, trailing the Hoyas by 2.8 seconds.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:48.9
Georgetown 5:52.5 

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 6:01.7
Georgetown 6:14.8
Harvard Third Varsity 6:18.3

Freshman Eight
Georgetown 6:08.6
Harvard 6:11.4  

Second Freshman Eight
Georgetown 6:32.9
Harvard 6:37.2