The Crimson varsity eight defeated the freezing temperatures and the Blue Hens.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard lightweight crew opened the 2011 spring season by winning four of five races, including all three varsity events, against Delaware Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The Crimson varsity eight led the way, beating the Blue Hens by 11.1 seconds. The second and third varsities won by large margins, and Harvard also captured the second freshman four race. Delaware pulled out a five-second win in the freshman eight.
The varsity, competing in its first dual race since going unbeaten last season, picked up where it left off. Harvard led throughout, inching the margin up to a boat length midway through the race. The Crimson pulled farther away over the second 1,000 meters and reached the finish in 6:36.1.
"It was good," head coach Charley Butt said of the varsity's performance. "I was happy with how aggressive we were from the first phase of the race. There was really nothing to complain about."
The second varsity cruised to a 19.6-second victory with a time of 6:45.5, a faster time than the Delaware varsity had logged earlier. The Blue Hens, however, got their lone win of the day in the next event, crossing the line in 7:07.5 to take the first freshman race.
Harvard took the third varsity eight by 16.7 seconds in 7:12.1, after Delaware's comeback hopes were stifled by a boat-stopping crab as the boat approached the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.
The Crimson raced three freshman fours. The Harvard A entry finished far ahead of the field in 8:21.4. Delaware hung close to Harvard B for the first half of the race, but the Crimson boat built some distance on the Blue Hens and went on to finish in 8:39.3, 6.7 seconds ahead of Delaware. Harvard C, meanwhile, steadily cut into an early deficit and finished in 8:50.6.
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Harvard A 8:21.4
Harvard B 8:39.3
Harvard C 8:50.6