What a difference a second makes.
After jumping out to an early lead, the defending champion men's lightweight crew finished fourth at this weekend's Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Camden, N.J., losing by just 1.05 seconds.
Harvard (7-1 in dual meets) lost its lead in the final 200 meters of the race and finished with a time of 5:51.44.
At one point in the race, Harvard held a lead of almost a length. But a pack of challengers, led by Yale, surged ahead in the last stages of the contest.
The Bulldogs ended up taking the prize with a 5:50.39 mark. Princeton and Dartmouth came in second and third at 5:50.54 and 5:50.99.
For the second year in a row, the Radcliffe lightweight crew (2-3) came in fourth, this time with a time of 7:24.26. Princeton took first in 7:03.52. Villanova was second at 7:07. 49 and Virginia was third at 7:12.36.
With the end of the meet, both teams concluded their season.