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Harvard Crew Caps Fall with Sweep at Foot of the Charles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard heavyweight varsity fours placed first and second and the Crimson won the freshman eight race in dominating fashion at the Foot of the Charles to cap a successful fall season Saturday on the Charles River.

The top two Crimson fours posted times 1.7 seconds apart and 12.6 seconds faster than the rest of the 46-boat field as they raced from MIT's Pierce Boathouse to Newell Boathouse against a headwind of six miles per hour. The winning Harvard boat logged a time of 12:53.

"The results of today's tail of the Charles races were a fitting end to a highly successful fall season for the varisty heavyweight squad," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "They have trained hard all fall and made some good progress technically and in their training, and it showed in today's performance. All of the crews raced well, each finishing well ahead of the corresponding crews from Brown, BU, Northeastern and Syracuse."

Harvard's lightweights topped most of their heavyweight competition, with their top entry placing 12th in 13:25.3. Three Crimson boats placing ahead of the only non-Harvard lightweight entry, from MIT.

"It was a good fall campaign, despite several injuries since the Head of the Charles," lightweight head coach Charley Butt said. "Today's racing was solid with good performances from our top two boats."

Harvard's heavyweight freshman A entry was nearly a half-minute faster than the rest of the field in 12:21.8. The Crimson lightweight A and B eights placed seventh and eighth out of 21 boats. Harvard sophomore Andrew Campbell won the other event of the day, the club double, alongside fellow U.S. National Team member Will Daly. The duo won by 35.9 seconds in 13:47.8.

The varsity four event was the first of the day, and the Crimson A and B entries were the first to start and fastest to finish. The top-finishing boats from Brown, Boston University and Northeastern rounded out the top five. The Harvard E entry placed sixth in 13:17.6, just 2.5 seconds back of the fifth-place Huskies. The Crimson's D and C boats finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Other Harvard heavyweight entries took 21st, 22nd and 31st places.

The Harvard lightweight four A missed the top 10 by 4.2 seconds, and the lightweight four B finished 14th in 13:36.3. The Harvard C time of 14:33.7 was good for 35th place overall and 7.8 seconds better than the MIT lightweight A boat, which placed 37th. Crimson lightweights also placed 41st and 44th.

Boston University earned the runner-up finish in the freshman race, 29.7 seconds off the Crimson's winning pace, followed by Northeastern, Brown and Syracuse. The Harvard freshman eight B placed 14th in 14:46.0 against a headwind that increased to 14 miles per hour by the time the eights hit the course.

The Harvard lightweights raced balanced boats but still nearly managed to top their lightweight competition's fastest entry, as the Crimson lightweight eight A finished just one spot behind sixth-place MIT. The members of the Harvard B entry placed one spot behind their teammates. The Harvard lightweight C boat put in a strong performance, clocking a time of 14:32.4 and placing 12th, ahead of the Brown heavyweight B crew, the MIT lightweight B entry and the heavyweight A boats from MIT and Massachusetts. Crimson lightweight boats also placed 19th and 21st.