No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins Five Races, Adams Cup

No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins Five Races, Adams Cup

1955 Penn captain Bruce Crocco presents the Adams Cup to Harvard captain Blake Pucsek.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —The fourth-ranked Harvard heavyweight crew won all three varsity races and a pair of freshman events against No. 16 Navy and No. 18 Penn, claiming the Adams Cup for the 11th straight season, Saturday morning on the Charles River.

Rowing into a cross headwind on a sunny, clear morning, the Harvard varsity eight (5-1) finished about two seconds ahead of Navy and more than 12 ahead of Penn. It was Harvard’s 47th Adams Cup victory in 74 years and the 50th Adams regatta for Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew. His first was a victory on the Charles as a member of the 1955 Penn varsity, and other members of that crew were on hand to watch the race with Parker and present Crimson captain Blake Pucsek with the cup at the end of the morning.

“It was a great day with beautiful weather and strong racing,” Parker said. “We’re pleased with the outcome and recognize we had some great competition.”

The Crimson’s primary competition came from Navy (4-3), which grabbed the lead first in the varsity race. Harvard battled back quickly, passed the Midshipmen by the 500-meter mark and built a six-seat lead after another 500. The margin grew to eight seats in the third 500, but Navy put forth a late push to get as close as four seats. The Crimson finished in 5:57.25, the Mids in 5:59.23 and the Quakers in 6:09.51.

Harvard’s second varsity eight won by 9.3 seconds, finishing in 6:04.6 after growing its lead from two seats to a length over the second 500 meters. The freshman eight and third varsity both overcame fast-starting Navy boats. The third varsity trailed by three seats 500 meters in but caught the Midshipmen by the midway point, winning by 7.2 seconds while the Crimson’s fourth varsity nearly caught up with Navy’s third, finishing three-tenths of a second back, ahead of Penn.

The Crimson freshmen trailed by four seats early, but passed the Mids before reaching the Harvard Bridge and went on to win by 3.8 seconds in 5:59.2. The second freshmen raced in a four against Penn, winning by 23 seconds in the first race of the day, and in an eight against Navy, the top-seeded second freshman boat in the EARC. Harvard’s eight kept overlap with the Mids for 1,000 meters, but Navy went on to win by 8.1 seconds.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:57.25
Navy 5:59.23
Penn 6:09.51 

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 6:04.6
Navy 6:13.9
Penn 6:21.5

Third/Fourth Varsity Eights
Harvard 3V 6:07.4
Navy 6:14.6
Harvard 4V 6:14.9
Penn 6:26.4

Freshman Eight
Harvard 5:59.2
Navy 6:03.0
Penn 6:12.6

Second Freshman Eight
Navy 6:07.4
Harvard 6:15.5 

Freshman Four 
Harvard 7:05.6
Penn 7:28.8

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