The men's lightweight crew team seen in action during practice on May 2, 2015. The women coxswains, at 125 pounds, are much smaller than their teammates, but are an integral part of the team. Because of them, the rowers are motivated to row their best, and the boat is directed along the fastest course possible.
Outside the world of rowing, the role of the coxswain is often unknown or misunderstood. Who are the people sitting in the boat, but not actually rowing? What even are they doing?
With little time left in the regular season, the Harvard and Radcliffe heavyweight and lightweight teams looked to leave its mark in the water. With the men's heavyweight crew team win, the team takes home Adams Cup for the 18th consecutive year, and the 53rd out of 80 years.
Both the men’s and women’s crew teams were back in action this weekend, taking on some of the top teams in the nation. Facing below-average temperatures and windy conditions, the Harvard teams were able to walk away with various victories as they look to build momentum for the home stretches of their seasons.
At the heart of the excitement and drama lies a rivalry that stretches back a century and a half. Although football may be the most salient part of this competition, the rivalry is a tradition between Harvard and Yale that runs deeper than the gridiron.
As the temperature barely reached the 40 degree mark and the wind howled across the Charles River, the Harvard and Radcliffe crew teams fought against the tough conditions at the Foot of the Charles Regatta against Dartmouth, MIT, BU, BC, Northeastern, and Brown.
The Harvard men’s lightweight team brought the holiday spirit to Lake Carnegie, where it looked to improve on its strong performance in the Head of the Charles. The team traveled to Princeton, N.J., to avenge its loss to Princeton in the Princeton 3-Mile Chase
Men's Lightweight and Heavyweight Crew Teams Come Away With Third-Place Finishes at Head of the Charles
After last year’s performances, the Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams had high expectations to live up to. Both teams’ boats looked to remain in the top three of the club eight and four races and succeeded in doing so after strong performances across the board.