Harvard Lightweight Crew Culminates Fall Season at Foot of the Charles

The Harvard lightweight crew had its last event of the fall season, the Foot of the Charles, Saturday morning (photo courtesy Ross Goodman).

 The Harvard lightweight crew finished the fall portion of its season with the Foot of the Charles Saturday morning on the Charles River. The event, hosted by Boston University this year, featured almost entirely heavyweight boats rowing a varsity fours and a freshman eights race. 

Harvard's top varsity four topped 29 other crews, including 20 heavyweight boats, to place 11th out of 40 entrants. Harvard navigated the course in 13:24.7, barely missing the top ten by 0.7 seconds and 13.6 seconds off of the Crimson heavyweight crew's winning pace.

Harvard lightweights also finished in 14th (13:46.2), 19th (13:57.1) and 24th (14:15.7) to top all of the MIT lightweight boats, the only other lightweight competition in the race.

The Crimson also had a fours boat take 29th place with a 14:29.4 mark.

In the freshman eights event, Harvard sent four boatings to the Charles River, which featured sunny skies, temperatures in the 40s and an increasing head wind. The Crimson claimed a top five finish with its top boat's 13:04.9 finishing time, well ahead of Brown's heavyweight freshmen 'B' (13:38.6) in sixth. Harvard was also ahead of Boston College (9th, 14:12.6) and MIT's (12th, 15:03.5) best freshman lightweight eights.

Behind Brown was Harvard's second freshman group (13:56.5) in seventh. The Crimson held 11th (14:47.8) and 13th (15:47.1) with two other freshman eight boats.

The Foot of the Charles is hosted by the Boston schools Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University and MIT on a rotating basis with the Crimson in charge of next year's event.

Harvard will continue training throughout the winter months, including a trip to Florida in January, before picking up its spring competitive slate in late March.