The lightweight varsity eights won at the Head of the Charles, before winning again at Sunday's Princeton Chase (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard lightweight crew left Princeton, N.J., before Hurricane Sandy hit with two victories at the Princeton Chase Sunday afternoon on Carnegie Lake. The Crimson varsity eight and varsity four boats recorded first-place finishes on the three-mile course.
The top varsity eight boat of coxswain Alex Saal, Florian Mayr, Michael Wales, Matt O'Leary, Andrew Campbell, Christopher Meyer, Erich Schultze, Alexander Bonorris and Stuart Taylor clipped rival Yale by 1.85 seconds. Harvard completed the route in 12:35.609 to win its second straight race of the fall season. Last weekend, the Crimson lightweight eight became the first Harvard crew to win the Head of the Charles lightweight eights event since 1975. The Crimson also beat a number of Ivy League competitors this weekend, as varsity crews from Princeton (3rd, 12:48.561), Cornell (4th, 12:48.561), Columbia (6th, 13:03.875) and Penn (9th, 13:08.675) were trailed Harvard..
The Crimson's second and third varsity eights finished in eighth and 22nd place, respectively. Harvard's second varsity was quicker than varsity crews from Penn, Georgetown and Dartmouth with a finishing time of 13:06.209. The third Crimson boat clocked in at 14:03.306.
Harvard had an impressive performance in the lightweight fours event, earning first, fifth, 11th and 12th place. The Crimson's winning fours boating, which gave a 13:58.097 effort, was the only crew to finish in less than 14 minutes. Yale was in second at 14:04.116 and Princeton earned third at 14:16.466. The other Harvard lightweight four crews were in at 14:24.151, 14:45.671 and 14:49.551. The Crimson crew was the only team to have four varsity four boats in the top fifteen of the race.
The fastest lightweight four boat featured Saal, Meyer, Wales, Taylor and Campbell, all of whom also rowed in the winning varsity eights boat.
In the freshman eights race, Harvard's top group earned eighth and eleventh place among lightweight crews. The Crimson's first freshman eight notched a 13:49.504 finish, while the second freshman boat completed the three miles in 14:37.234.
The Harvard lightweight crew completes its fall schedule at the Foot of the Charles Nov. 17.