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No. 1 Harvard Lightweight Crew First Varsity Earns Sprints Title for Third Consecutive Year

Harvard's first varsity celebrates with the EARC Sprints and Ivy trophies after its win (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

Video: First Varsity Race

WORCESTER, Mass. –
The Harvard lightweight crew first varsity eight won its third straight EARC Sprints crown for the first time since 1972 with an impressive showing on Lake Quinsigamond Sunday afternoon. The Crimson finished second in the Jope Cup, given to the best overall team performance, as its second freshman captured Sprints gold, as well.

Harvard started the first varsity race, the last competition of the day, evenly with the four other boats, while rowing in light rain. There was not much separation early, although Yale grabbed a slight edge. The Crimson waited patiently on its inside track before making a move. Harvard was up a few seats at the midway point and kept building its advantage to seven seats at the 1,250-meter mark. By the home stretch, the Crimson gained open water as the crews rowed past the spectator area just before the finish line. Harvard crossed the line at 6:03.607, well ahead of second-place Yale at 6:07.967, which was over a second faster than third place Dartmouth. The Crimson claimed the Ivy title with the win, its 26th in program history.

With a win by the Harvard heavyweight first varsity two races earlier, the Crimson won both 1V grand final events for the 14th time in school history and the second time in the last three years. Non-Harvard crews have combined to accomplish the feat on only four occasions.

Harvard's second freshman boat also took home Sprints gold. The Crimson, racing against Penn, controlled the race throughout. Harvard won with open water, 7:05.340-7:19.623, to give the Crimson two titles on the day.

In the lightweight second varsity race, Harvard and Cornell battled for the top position until the last stroke. As each crew crossed the line, several groups of fans and the public address announcer had thought the Crimson had won, but Cornell's crew burst into celebration, as well. A photo finish and computer timing revealed that the Big Red's oarsmen had made the correct eruption, as Cornell won by less than a seat at 0.67 seconds.

Harvard also had a third-place finish in the third varsity race and a six-place showing in the first freshman sprint.

The Crimson's No. 1 ranked first varsity finishes the season May 31-June 2 at the IRA National Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Grand Final Results (Complete Results)
First Varsity Eight Grand Final
Harvard - 6:03.607
Yale - 6:07.967
Dartmouth - 6:09.798
Columbia - 6:13.371
Princeton - 6:13.451
Cornell - 6:16.839

Second Varsity Grand Final
Cornell – 6:21.529
Harvard – 6:22.199
Princeton – 6:33.885
Yale – 6:37.360
Columbia – 6:40.631
Navy – 6:48.644

Third Varsity Eight Grand Final
Navy – 6:43.150
Cornell – 6:48.754
Harvard – 6:50.958
Columbia – 6:52.218
Navy 4V – 7:00.285
Princeton – 7:03.385

First Freshman Eight Grand Final
Yale – 6:23.968
Cornell – 6:27.521
Penn – 6:33.610
Dartmouth – 6:37.500
Princeton – 6:38.932
Harvard – 6:39.817

Second Freshman Eight Grand Final
Harvard – 7:05.340
Penn – 7:19.623

EARC Sprints championships
Varsity eight
1946, '47, '58, '59, '60, '61, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '74, '75, '77, '78, '80, '82, '88, '89, '91, '95, '97, 2005, '11, '12, '13
Second varsity eight
1946, '52, '58, '60, '62, '65, '67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '79, '80, '85, '87, '90, '91 2004, '05, '11
Freshman eight
1948, '49, '54, '58, '59, '60, '62, '63, '65, '66, '68, '69, '71, '73, '74, '75, '79, '85, 2004
Jope Cup
1965, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '78, '79, '80, '82, '91, 2004, '05, '09, '11

Boatings
First Varsity (First Team All-Ivy League)
Bow: Alexander Bonorris; 2: Michael Wales; 3:Austin Meyer; 4: Stuart Taylor; 5: Nicholas Gates; 6: Matt O'Leary; 7: Andrew Campbell; Stroke: Florian Mayr; Coxswain: Paul Farber

Second Varsity
Bow: Malte Zopfs; 2: Connor Mangan; 3: Craig Herron; 4: Michael Paresky; 5: Erich Schultze; 6: Robert Hawthorne; 7: James Groeneveld; Stroke: Nico Wiik; Coxswain: Alex Saal

Third Varsity
Bow: AJ Carvalho; 2: Simon Maas; 3: Ted McKlveen; 4: Sam Barrington; 5: Stefan Skalbania; 6: Chris Magani; 7: Tim McLaughlin; Stroke: Eli Leavitt; Coxswain: Jonathan Shpall

First Freshman
Bow: Min-Woo Park; 2: Ian Klein; 3: Christopher McKenna; 4: Zebulon Goodman; 5: Lucas Farewell; 6: Samuel Frum; 7:  Cameron Clemence; Stroke: Jeffrey Rogers; Coxswain: Joshua Blecher-Cohen

Second Freshman
Bow: Matthew Seghers; 2: Nick Phillips; 3: Miles Graham; 4: Trevor Lutzow; 5: Fred Quesada; 6: Matt Kozlowski; 7: Lev Ratnofsky; Stroke: Mitchel Cole; Coxswain: Chris Xu