Sweet Repeat: Harvard Lightweight Crew Wins Eastern, Ivy Titles

The Crimson varsity celebrates with its Eastern and Ivy trophies and medals.
The Crimson varsity celebrates with its Eastern and Ivy trophies and medals.

WORCESTER, Mass.—The Harvard lightweight varsity eight took control in the second 500 meters of its Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints grand final and never let up, winning the Eastern and Ivy League championships for the second straight year Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.

The top-ranked Crimson won its 26th Eastern title and 25th Ivy crown and repeated as champion for the first time since 1988 and '89. The second freshman eight also won Sprints gold, while the freshman eight took bronze and the third varsity eight claimed silver. Harvard tied Princeton for second in the Jope Cup team standings, three points behind freshman and second varsity champion Yale.

"I'm delighted for the guys, and I'm very happy myself because they performed well," said Charley Butt, the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Harvard Lightweight Crew. "This crew has so far been exceptional for their ability to cooperate and to work hard. They've been a solid crew all year, so what more could you ask for?"

Dartmouth and Princeton shared the initial lead in the varsity race, but the Crimson quickly drew level and soon led by three seats. Harvard built the margin to a half-length before the race was halfway done and lengthened the lead further before the Big Green's sprint got Dartmouth within 2.2 seconds at the finish. Harvard posted a winning time of 6:22.510. Third-place Princeton was three seconds back of the Crimson.

Harvard's varsity athletes earned first-team All-Ivy League honors. They are coxswain Angela Chang and rowers Florian MayrAlex NewellTim MooreNicholas GatesStuart TaylorErich SchultzeMatt O'Leary and Michael Wales.

The freshman eight grand final was a rematch of the April 28 HYP race, as the Crimson, Bulldogs and Tigers pulled away from the rest of the field quickly. Yale gained control over the second half of the course and won by 3.6 seconds in 6:20.334. Harvard finished just 1.3 seconds back of runner-up Princeton in 6:26.215.

The second varsity eight finished fourth in its heat but outdueled Georgetown to take the petite final. Harvard won with a time of 6:25.069, about a second ahead of the Hoyas and more than 10 seconds ahead Penn.

The afternoon began with a dramatic Crimson gold medal. The second freshman eight raced neck-and-neck with Princeton and Navy for 1,000 meters. The Tigers fell back in the third 500, but the Midshipmen took a narrow lead. Harvard pushed ahead just before the 500-to-go mark and pulled away to a 3.3-second win in 6:33.407. The third varsity followed with a runner-up time of 6:42.321, five seconds clear of third-place Navy.

In the first race of the day, the Harvard lightweight freshman four raced against a field of heavyweight freshman fours, placing fifth.

Varsity Eight
Heat 1
Harvard 6:04.545
Princeton 6:07.457
Yale 6:08.523
Navy 6:10.685
Penn 6:21.436

Grand Final
Harvard 6:22.510
Dartmouth 6:24.694
Princeton 6:25.539
Yale 6:30.214
Georgetown 6:33.276
Cornell 6:36.811

Team Points (Jope Cup)
Yale 34
Harvard 29
Princeton 29
Cornell 27
Dartmouth 26
Navy 21
Columbia 19
Georgetown 15
Penn 12

Second Varsity Eight
Heat 2
Cornell 6:03.218
Navy 6:04.340
Columbia 6:06.840
Harvard 6:11.599

Petite Final
Harvard 6:25.069
Georgetown 6:26.025
Penn 6:35.155

Freshman Eight
Heat 2
Princeton 6:02.515
Harvard 6:04.522
Dartmouth 6:09.645
MIT 6:10.793
Penn 6:11.279

Grand Final
Yale 6:20.334
Princeton 6:24.918
Harvard 6:26.215
Cornell 6:32.946
Navy 6:33.808
Dartmouth 6:39.794

Third Varsity Eight
Grand Final
Cornell 6:33.209
Harvard 6:42.321
Navy 6:47.346
Dartmouth 6:50.098
Yale 6:58.430
Princeton 7:03.107

Second Freshman Eight
Grand Final
Harvard 6:33.407
Navy 6:36.732
Princeton 6:38.353
MIT 6:57.409
Dartmouth 6:58.679

Freshman Four
Grand Final
Northeastern HW 6:59.357
Boston University HW 7:03.883
Holy Cross HW 7:11.192
Rutgers HW 7:17.427
Harvard 7:24.609
MIT HW 8:25.583