No. 1 Yale Takes 152nd Regatta Against No. 3 Harvard Heavyweight Crew

The starting line on Saturday (Zack Williamson).

GALES FERRY, Conn. – In the 152nd racing of the Harvard-Yale Regatta, the No. 1 Bulldogs took all three races against the third-ranked Crimson on Saturday morning on the Thames River.

This marked the first time since 1996 that Yale swept the races against Harvard. 

On a clear, sunny day with a south-southwest wind of nine miles per hour, both crews got off to a clean start in the varsity eight race, and the teams were even through the first 3:30 of competition. In the second mile, the Bulldogs opened a four-seat advantage and that lead held over the next few minutes. By the 8:00 mark, Yale moved ahead by a length, but the Crimson edged back and made the deficit five seats as the teams reached the fourth mile.

Harvard got within three seats down the stretch, and by the 13:00 mark, the Crimson maintained that pace with the Bulldogs. As the teams headed into the final half mile, Harvard was down four seats, and Yale began to widen its lead once again at 16:00, reaching open water in the final few dozen strokes. The Bulldogs pulled ahead further and won in 18:56.1, less than six seconds ahead of the Crimson's valiant effort of 19:01.4.

In the junior varsity three-mile event, the teams were even through the first few hundred meters, but Yale pulled away in the second minute to an open water lead. At approximately the one-mile mark, Harvard cut the deficit, but Yale continued to lead as they approached five minutes into the race. The Bulldogs stretched their advantage in the second mile to more than a boat length. Yale extended its advantage in the final stages, as the Bulldogs crossed the finish line in 14:30.3, defeating Harvard's mark of 14:39.7. 

The Saturday morning began with the third varsity race. Harvard jumped out to an early two-seat lead, but the Bulldogs erased the deficit by the two-minute mark. Nearing the midway point, Yale opened an open water lead and continued at that pace for the next 500 meters. The Bulldogs went on to win the 2-mile race by 5.5 seconds, taking it in 9:33.7 to 9:39.9 for Yale's first victory in this event since 2006. 

In Friday afternoon's combination race, the Crimson defeated the Bulldogs by a mark of 9:50 to 10:04, giving Harvard the traditional opportunity of painting the rock near the finish line Crimson with the Harvard "H".

First Varsity
Cole Durbin (coxswain), Liam Corrigan (stroke), Lars Lorch (7), Vincent Breet (6), James Johnston (5), Alexander Richards (4), Conor Harrity (3), Arthur Doyle (2), David Ambler (bow) 
Yale                 18:56.10
Harvard           19:01.40

Second Varsity
Jennifer Kunes (Coxswain), Jack Kelley (stroke), Ross Jarvis (7), Sam Hardy (6), Henry Kennelly (5), Samuel Meijer (4), Chase Buchholz (3), Travis Taaffe (2), James Clarke (bow) 
Yale                 14:30.3
Harvard           14:39.7

Third Varsity
Madeleine Zabriskie (coxswain), Dominic Glover (stroke), Juri-Mikk Udam (7), Ryan Rasmussen (6), Benjamin Cohen (5), David Fleming (4), Max Ferguson (3), Pieter Quinton (2), Benjamin Strathmore (bow)
Yale                 9:33.7
Harvard           9:39.9

Nicholas Yan (coxswain), Anthony Kenny (stroke), Niels Laurberg (7), Nicholas Plaut (6), Andre Dempsey (5), Andrew Morley (4), Max Mezger (3), Jack Richards (2), John Luby (bow)
Harvard           9:50
Yale                 10:04