Sweet Repeat: Harvard Lightweight Crew Wins Eastern, Ivy Titles
WORCESTER, Mass.—The Harvard lightweight varsity eight took control in the second 500 meters of its Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints grand final and never let up, winning the Eastern and Ivy League championships for the second straight year Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
The top-ranked Crimson won its 26th Eastern title and 25th Ivy crown and repeated as champion for the first time since 1988 and '89. The second freshman eight also won Sprints gold, while the freshman eight took bronze and the third varsity eight claimed silver. Harvard tied Princeton for second in the Jope Cup team standings, three points behind freshman and second varsity champion Yale.
"I'm delighted for the guys, and I'm very happy myself because they performed well," said Charley Butt, the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Harvard Lightweight Crew. "This crew has so far been exceptional for their ability to cooperate and to work hard. They've been a solid crew all year, so what more could you ask for?"
Dartmouth and Princeton shared the initial lead in the varsity race, but the Crimson quickly drew level and soon led by three seats. Harvard built the margin to a half-length before the race was halfway done and lengthened the lead further before the Big Green's sprint got Dartmouth within 2.2 seconds at the finish. Harvard posted a winning time of 6:22.510. Third-place Princeton was three seconds back of the Crimson.
Harvard's varsity athletes earned first-team All-Ivy League honors. They are coxswain Angela Chang and rowers Florian Mayr, Alex Newell, Tim Moore, Nicholas Gates, Stuart Taylor, Erich Schultze, Matt O'Leary and Michael Wales.
The freshman eight grand final was a rematch of the April 28 HYP race, as the Crimson, Bulldogs and Tigers pulled away from the rest of the field quickly. Yale gained control over the second half of the course and won by 3.6 seconds in 6:20.334. Harvard finished just 1.3 seconds back of runner-up Princeton in 6:26.215.
The second varsity eight finished fourth in its heat but outdueled Georgetown to take the petite final. Harvard won with a time of 6:25.069, about a second ahead of the Hoyas and more than 10 seconds ahead Penn.
The afternoon began with a dramatic Crimson gold medal. The second freshman eight raced neck-and-neck with Princeton and Navy for 1,000 meters. The Tigers fell back in the third 500, but the Midshipmen took a narrow lead. Harvard pushed ahead just before the 500-to-go mark and pulled away to a 3.3-second win in 6:33.407. The third varsity followed with a runner-up time of 6:42.321, five seconds clear of third-place Navy.
In the first race of the day, the Harvard lightweight freshman four raced against a field of heavyweight freshman fours, placing fifth.
Team Points (Jope Cup)
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Second Freshman Eight
Northeastern HW 6:59.357
Boston University HW 7:03.883
Holy Cross HW 7:11.192
Rutgers HW 7:17.427
MIT HW 8:25.583