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The Harvard heavies kept things interesting for about ten strokes on Saturday before they said their goodbyes on the way to a two-length victory over unbeaten Princeton and pathetic MIT.
The heavies' juggernaut kept right on rolling Saturday on Princeton's Lake Carnegie with another clean sweep. The J.V. and 3V shells won with the lopsided margins of 19 and 30 seconds.
In the varsity battle, Princeton drove out to a three-seat lead over the Crimson with MIT trailing the pack.
Ten strokes later, though, the coxes were looking each other in the eye--but only for an instant. Harvard pulled away steadily at that point and the crew decided to have a little fun. Cox Jeff Rothstein called a power ten, which put open water between the Crimson and Princeton.
It was a battle for second after that, with MIT mounting a temporary challenge to the Tigers before falling back in their customary place, last. Meanwhile, Harvard continued to widen its lead in 6:04.6.
Princeton's time was 6:13.0, and MIT came in at 6:16.6.
The J.V. race took a bit longer before one could put down the binoculars and resume sunbathing. Princeton grabbed an early lead, but again it was only temporary.
The Crimson came roaring back, and after 30 strokes drew even with the Tigers. After that the race was ditto, ditto. Harvard's time was 6:15.0, followed by Princeton in 6:32.9 and MIT in 6:39.5.
The freshman also won on Saturday, with a fast time of 6:24.0, half a length ahead of Princeton. The varsity win was the 15th straight Compton Cup for Harvard, one every year since Harry Parker became coach. And while we're talking statistics, the Harvard wpn ran the team's victory streak to 26.
This leads to the question: can anyone stop the Crimson this season? Princeton was supposed to make things close, but they didn't. Penn may have the one boat left that can challenge Harvard, and the Quakers will get their chance next Saturday on the Charles, in the Adams Cup Race.
Penn lost once this season, to Princeton, but it seems the Quaker boat filled with water halfway through the race. Cox Rothstein said yesterday, "I expect Penn to be right there with us. It will be our toughest race yet."
But they haven't exactly been tough up till now.
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