Though they "rowed pretty hard," according to head coach Charlie Butt, the crew was saddled with a penalty for clashing oars with another crew on the river.
The penalty added one minute to Harvard's time, dropping the boat from a potential fifth-place finish to 18th place, below Harvard's second varsity boat, which placed 17th in 16:28.72 under the moniker of the "Charles River Rowing Association."
"Both crews were clearly behind Yale," Butt said. "The [first varsity] boat fell apart in the last half. Yale appeared to be faster throughout the course. We've got to get faster."
Looking to the spring, Butt added that "we have time to respond, but Yale is clearly setting the standard."
Finishing 17th with a time of 18:03.13, Radcliffe trailed rivals Michigan, the University of Virginia (UVA) and Brown by over 50 seconds.
"We could've gone faster," captain Anne D. Browning '00 said. "We were racing a different shell from [the Vespoli shell] earlier in the week. The shell we raced today was for a 2000 meter [straight] course, which made it difficult to hit the turns [on the Charles]."
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