CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard lightweight crew began its spring season with a four-race sweep of Delaware Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The Crimson varsity eight posted a 23.2-second victory to wrap up an outstanding opening day of racing in front an increasingly strong, shifting tailwind and under overcast skies. It was the 20th straight dual win for Harvard, which completed each of the two previous seasons unbeaten in head-to-head racing.
"That was just solid all around," said Harvard head coach Charley Butt. "Our guys were sound fundamentally but rowed very strong and smooth at the same time. That's about as fast as we can go right now."
The Harvard varsity built an open-water lead in the first 500 meters and increased the margin as the race wore on, finishing in 5:49.9 to Delaware's 6:13.1.
"I think the conditions were challenging and contributed to the margin," Butt said. "We've trained down there a lot and were prepared for conditions like this."
The closest race of the day was the second varsity matchup, where the Crimson topped the Blue Hens by 4.7 seconds in 6:06.9.
Four boats of freshmen began their Harvard dual-racing careers by finishing ahead of their Delaware competition. The freshman eight cruised to a 12.6-second win in 6:03.6, after all three freshman fours finished ahead of the Blue Hens' four. The Harvard A entry won in 6:55.2.
Second/Third Varsity Eights
Harvard 2V 6:06.9
Harvard 3V 6:25.4
Harvard A 6:55.2
Harvard B 7:02.5
Harvard C 7:24.8