No. 12 Yale Beats No. 7 Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew’s First Varsity Despite Protest

Radcliffe's second varsity defeated Yale and Northeastern April 27 on the Charles River (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
Radcliffe's second varsity defeated Yale and Northeastern April 27 on the Charles River (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A collision of oars in the first varsity race of Harvard-Radcliffe's regatta against Yale and Northeastern put final results in question, but referees upheld the outcome and the No. 12 Bulldogs left Cambridge with an upset over No. 7 Harvard-Radcliffe Saturday morning. The Black and White was looking for a sweep of Yale after winning each of the first four races of the day.

Radcliffe had captured two fours events and the second and third varsity contests before the marquee matchup of the morning, the first varsity race.

Yale held a four-seat lead at the 800-meter mark of the 1V race before the crews knocked oars. The impact only slightly slowed each boat, before Yale began to add to its lead 1,100 meters into the race. The Bulldogs pace quickened, as Radcliffe trailed by seven seats with 600 meters to go. The Black and White put on a burst to gain a seat at the 1,500-meter line, but it was short lived and Yale held off Radcliffe by 1.6 seconds.

Radcliffe protested the outcome due to the clashing of oars. After a discussion by the referees, the finishing times were maintained and the Bulldogs had secured the Case Cup for the second year in a row.

In the previous races, Radcliffe dominated Yale, which finished in second place ahead of Northeastern each time.

Radcliffe's varsity four 'B' started the regatta with an open-water, 10.9-second win over Yale and the varsity four 'A' followed with a 3.4-second victory. The Black and White varsity four grabbed an early lead that it kept for the entirety of the race. Yale was within a few seats throughout, but Radcliffe stayed in position and held off the Bulldogs.

The third varsity was next and came in at 6:55.9. Yale was across the line at 7:10.1 and Radcliffe's fourth varsity finished at 7:15.8, before the Black and White's second varsity picked up Radcliffe's fourth win. Radcliffe's second varsity, which cruised past the Bulldogs by 5.7 seconds, entered at No. 2 in the Ivy League 2V poll and Yale sat at No. 4. The Black and White completed the course in 6:35.3, faster than Yale's 6:41.1 and Northeastern's 6:56.7.

Radcliffe's schedule continues tomorrow with the Beanpot on the Charles River. The Black and White's next regatta away from its home river is May 4 in Colmbus, Ohio against No. 3 Ohio State.

First Varsity
Yale – 6:20.3
Harvard-Radcliffe – 6:21.9
Northeastern – 6:48.7

Second Varsity
Harvard-Radcliffe – 6:35.3
Yale – 6:41.1
Northeastern – 6:56.7

Varsity Four 'A'
Harvard-Radcliffe – 7:22.5
Yale – 7:25.9
Northeastern – 7:49.8

Third Varsity
Harvard-Radcliffe – 6:55.9
Yale – 7:10.1
Harvard-Radcliffe 4V – 7:15.8

Varsity Four 'B'
Harvard-Radcliffe – 7:33.7
Yale – 7:44.6
Northeastern – 8:14.8

In Honor Of
Harvard-Radcliffe's first varsity wore green shirts to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Jessica Mealia's (2 seat) friend, Haley Strutt.