No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins 3V8 at 153rd Harvard-Yale Regatta

Harvard's varsity eight on Saturday (Zack Williamson).

GALES FERRY, Conn. – In the 153rd racing of the Harvard-Yale Regatta, the No. 1 Bulldogs took the first varsity and second varsity eight races, while the fourth-ranked Crimson earned victory in the third varsity eight on Saturday afternoon on the Thames River.

On a slightly cloudy afternoon, both crews got off to a clean start in the varsity eight race, and the teams were even through the first 30 seconds of competition before Yale took a two-seat lead. By the three-minute mark, the Bulldogs moved ahead to four seats and then open water in the net 30 seconds. Through one mile, Yale led by nearly six seconds and maintained that advantage through the second mile.

Yale continued to pull away and led by nearly two boat lengths of open water as the race hit the middle stages. The Bulldogs maintained its rate and owned a sizable lead for the remainder of the race. Yale crossed the finish line to earn victory in 18:51.06, defeating the Crimson's time of 18:58.1.

In the junior varsity three-mile event, Yale jumped out to a four-seat advantage within the first few hundred meters before earning open water by the first half-mile. The Bulldogs maintained the same open water margin through the next stages of the race, but the Crimson raced back to make it a length lead for Yale by the mile mark. The Bulldogs pulled away to grab a larger open water advantage and maintained that lead and in control through the remainder of the race. At the finish line, Yale pulled in at 13:53.28, while Harvard crossed in 13:58.74.

The Saturday afternoon began with the third varsity race with a 4:45 p.m. start. Yale jumped out to an early two or three-seat lead, but the Crimson erased the deficit by the three-minute mark. Nearing the midway point, Harvard maintained the slight edge before opening up an open water advantage in the final stretch. The Crimson went on to win by a margin of 9:08.41 to 9:11.62.

In Friday afternoon's combination race, the Bulldogs held off the Crimson in the two-mile event by a mark of 9:23.2 to 9:27.7, giving Yale the traditional opportunity of painting the rock near the finish line Blue with the Yale "Y".

First Varsity
Cole Durbin (Coxswain), Arthur Doyle (stroke), David Ambler (7), Liam Corrigan (6), Lars Lorch (5), Alexander Richards (4), Conor Harrity (3), Samuel Meijer (2), Sam Hardy (bow) 
Yale                 18:51.06
Harvard           18:58.10

Second Varsity
George Cozens (Coxswain), Daniel Bridgwater (stroke), Jack Kelley (7), Ryan Rasmussen (6), Ethan Seder (5), James Clarke (4), Lucas Clarke (3), Nicholas Plaut (2), Travis Taaffe (bow)
Yale                 13:53.28
Harvard           13:58.74

Third Varsity
Jennifer Kunes (coxswain), Dominic Glover (Stroke), Andre Dempsey (7), Samuel Monkley (6), Carter Dickinson (5), Pieter Quinton (4), Andrew Morley (3), Curtis McLeod (2), John Luby (bow)
Harvard           9:08.41
Yale                 9:11.62

Nico Yan (coxswain); Anthony Kenny (stroke), Max Mezger (7), Joseph Johnson (6), Alexander Green (5), David Fleming (4), Niels Laurberg (3), Jack Richards (2), Benjamin Strathmore (bow)
Yale                 9:23.2
Harvard           9:27.7