NEW LONDON, Conn.—Harvard used an explosive second mile to pull away to a 23.7-second win against rival Yale in the four-mile varsity race, completing a sweep of the Bulldogs of 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta Sunday morning on the Thames River.
Also racing in America's oldest intercollegiate sporting event, Harvard's second varsity eight won by six seconds over three miles, and its freshman eight beat the Yale third varsity eight by 31.3 seconds across two miles. It was the sixth sweep in as many years for the Crimson, which added a win in Saturday evening's combination fours race.
The Eastern-champion Crimson completed a 7-0 dual season, going unbeaten in head-to-head racing for the 23rd time under Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men's Crew. The varsity topped Yale for the 13th time in the last 14 Regattas and for the 44th time in Parker's 51 years, pushing its series lead to 95-54. The Crimson has beaten its last 27 dual opponents.
Harvard jumped to a one-length lead off the start of the varsity race, but Yale stayed close for the first mile and trailed the Crimson by just a couple seconds. That's when Harvard took over, increasing the lead from a half-length to a length over the course of 80 seconds. The lead then reached open water and was at 10 seconds by the race's midway point.
The Crimson steadily pulled away further from there. Harvard reached the finish in 21:17.6, and Yale crossed in 21:41.3. It was the most lopsided varsity result at the Regatta since the 2005 Harvard varsity won by 39.6 seconds.
Coxed by senior David Fuller, the Harvard varsity eight is Andrew Holmes, Charles Risbey, Vincent Breet, Parker Washburn, Josh Hicks, Andrew Reed, James O'Connor and James Medway. Fuller, Hicks, Holmes and Washburn won the varsity race for the second time in their careers. O'Connor, the Harvard captain, rowed in the winning varsity for the third straight year and finished his career at 30-0 in dual races, all in the top Crimson varsity or freshman boats.
After a calm start to the morning, the wind picked up by the start of the second race, sending the Harvard and Yale second varsities into a headwind in addition to the upstream tide over the three miles.
Harvard quickly moved ahead, leading by two seconds after a half-mile. The gap widened to a boat length over the next half-mile. The two crews battled stroke-for-stroke over the middle mile and traded moves over the final mile. Harvard held a six-second lead with a half-mile to go and expanded that margin, but Yale came back before the finish to trim the margin back to six seconds, crossing in 16:30.9 after Harvard clocked a time of 16:24.9.
The Crimson freshman eight opened up a three-seat lead almost right off the starting line and controlled its race against the Yale third varsity eight throughout. Harvard stretched the lead to open water before covering a half-mile of water.
The Crimson held a 16-second lead after a mile and nearly doubled that margin in the second half of the race, finishing in 10:29.5 to Yale's 11:00.8.
Second Varsity Eight
Freshman Eight/Third Varsity Eight
Harvard F8 10:29.5
Yale 3V8 11:00.8
Harvard A 11:55.0
Harvard B 12:03.6