Harvard Heavyweights Overcome Tough Conditions, Brown for Stein Cup

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Juniors James O'Connor (left) and Parker Washburn have helped Harvard defeat Brown two years in a row for the first time since 2004 and '05.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight outdueled host Brown by three-fifths of a second to retain the Stein Cup, one of four Crimson wins in six races Saturday morning on the choppy Seekonk River.

The Crimson second varsity, freshman and second freshman eights also won, as the crews battled a moderately strong tailwind that made for difficult conditions. The Harvard varsity (2-0) took the Stein Cup for the second straight year, won at Brown for the first time since 2004 and extended its streak of consecutive dual opponents defeated to 15.

"It was a hotly contested race," said Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. "The guys had a difficult time feeling like they could get going in the tough conditions. It was a hard row, but it was a great race."

The Harvard varsity eight led by nearly a boat length, but the Bears stayed within reach and forced a close finish. The Crimson held on to win by a boat deck in 5:25.4. The second varsity won by a length in 5:38.7.

Harvard swept the freshman races in convincing fashion. The freshman eight posted a six-second victory in 5:32.1, while the second freshman eight won by more than two boat lengths, finishing 12.7 seconds ahead of the Bears in 6:23.5.

Brown took the competitive third and fourth varsity races. The Crimson was in the third varsity race, trailing by about a length, when it hit some debris on the course, damaging the skeg on its racing shell and erasing any hopes of a comeback.

Just four-fifths of a second separated the fourth varsities. The teams were even through 1,250 meters before Brown moved ahead and held on to win in 5:41.9.

Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:25.4
Brown 5:26.0

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard 5:38.7
Brown 5:42.46

Third Varsity Eight
Brown 5:47.0
Harvard 6:11.2

Fourth Varsity Eight
Brown 5:41.9
Harvard 5:42.7

Freshman Eight
Harvard 5:32.1
Brown 5:38.1

Second Freshman Eight
Harvard 6:23.5
Brown 6:36.2