DERBY, Conn.—The top-ranked Harvard lightweight crew finished off its third straight undefeated dual season with varsity and team wins against rivals Yale and Princeton Saturday morning on the Housatonic River.
The Crimson varsity eight (9-0) pulled away to an open-water win to claim its third straight Goldthwait Cup and 29th perfect dual season, while Harvard totaled three race wins on the way to its third Vogel Cup team championship in a row. Yale claimed the inaugural HYP Freshman Bowl, but the Crimson clinched the Prentke Cup, for the best finishes among freshman heavy and lightweight and women's novice crews from Harvard and Princeton.
No. 6 Princeton edged No. 3 Yale for second place in the varsity race, 4.2 seconds behind the victorious Crimson. The Tigers were the first team to make a move in that race, the final event of the regatta, but Harvard quickly countered to take a two-seat lead. The margin reached four seats by 800 meters into the race, with the Bulldogs in second. Princeton charged past Yale after the race's midway point, but Harvard continued to move, gaining open water on Yale.
The Crimson lead on the Tigers reached open water early in the final 500 meters, and Harvard finished in 5:31.2. Princeton topped Yale by 1.8 seconds, leaving the Bulldogs six seconds back of Harvard. The Goldthwait Cup win was Harvard's 43rd all-time, compared to 25 for Princeton and 19 for Yale. The Crimson varsity now prepares to seek its second straight league title at Eastern Sprints May 13.
Harvard also posted victories in the third varsity eight and second freshman eight events and won the Vogel Cup for the 35th time. With a time of 5:56.2, the third varsity posted a 3.9-second victory over the runner-up Bulldogs, while the Tigers were another 4.4 seconds back. The second freshmen were matched up against only Princeton and came away with a win by 3.2 seconds in 5:48.4. Yale has won 28 Vogel Cups, and Princeton has claimed 21.
The tightest race from first through third place came in the freshman eight event. The Bulldogs edged the Crimson by 1.4 seconds for the new silver bowl, donated by Yale's 2011 seniors. Harvard finished in 5:45.2, topping Princeton by 3.1 seconds.
Yale also won the second varsity race, with a time of 5:33.9, while the Tigers barely beat Harvard to the finish. The Crimson finished in 5:48.3, just 1.2 seconds back of Princeton.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Second Freshman Eight