LEDYARD, Conn.—The nation’s oldest rivals take to the Thames River Saturday morning for the 145th rowing of the Harvard-Yale Regatta, America’s oldest intercollegiate sporting event. The Eastern-champion Crimson heavyweight crew is seeking its 10th win against the Bulldogs in the last 11 years.
Following Friday’s 5 p.m. combination race, Saturday’s competition gets going with the freshman race at 9 a.m. The second varsity race follows at 9:45, with the varsity race at 10:45.
Whether on the shore, docked along the race course or traveling around town, fans can catch the call of the racing on WKNL, Kool 101 FM (100.9). Harvard graduate Charlie Hamlin ’70 and Yale alum Mike Curi will have the call from the course. The broadcast will also be available online at www.kool101fm.com.
The Varsity Matchup
The Harvard and Yale varsities have not faced off this season, and both crews enter their final dual race looking to finish the season with just one dual defeat. A narrow loss to Brown is the only blemish on each varsity’s resume thus far.
The Crimson (6-1) and Bulldogs (5-1) entered the EARC Sprints seeded second and third, respectively, trailing only the defending-champion Bears. Harvard avenged its dual loss to Brown and last season’s Sprints runner-up finish by outlasting the Bears and Princeton for the Sprints varsity title. Yale finished third in its heat and placed fifth in the petite final
Harry Parker, The Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Crew, addressed reporters on Tuesday at Red Top regarding the Crimson’s preparation for the Regatta. The media in attendance also spoke to Harvard captain Blake Pucsek and sophomore Michael DiSanto. Click here for The Boston Herald’s profile on DiSanto and here for a photo gallery from Media Day and Red Top. See the video below for Parker's comments to the media in attendance Tuesday.
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