For Harvard crew, perfection is never far away. And in both teams’ second weekends of racing, the varsity crews finished with clean sweeps over their competition. Only losses on Sunday by the freshman lightweights kept the Crimson from a flawless weekend.
“We definitely put some stuff together,” said junior Austin Meyer, seven seat of the lightweight first varsity eight. “It was all around a really powerful weekend.”
No. 2 LIGHTWEIGHTS vs. No. 4 GEORGETOWN
How much of a difference can two spots in the rankings make?
More than a boat length.
On Princeton’s Lake Carnegie, Harvard had little trouble dispatching the Hoyas’ first and second varsity eights.
“We took a length on Georgetown in the first 500 meters,” Meyer said of the first varsity eight race. “We really shot out and sat on Georgetown and just kind of responded whenever they tried to move, and we were able to pull away.”
The second varsity eight race proved to be a battle not between 2Vs but between the Hoyas’ second varsity eight and Harvard’s third varsity eight. Georgetown was able to beat the 3V by around a boat length.
“The 3V was tenacious,” said Crimson freshman coach Linda Muri. “They raced in that and did a very strong showing.”
Harvard’s only losses of the weekend came in the two freshman races. The 2F raced Georgetown in an eight after racing in fours the day before.
“I thought that was a remarkable performance,” Muri said of the 2F. “They really rolled with the punches all weekend.”
LIGHTWEIGHTS vs. No. 10 PENN
A race originally intended to be a stroke-for-stroke battle turned into a blowout.
Saturday’s race had originally pitted Harvard against No. 3 Cornell and the Quakers, but the Big Red canceled its trip to the Schuylkill for undisclosed reasons.
Penn might be wishing that it too had canceled the trip to its home river, after it was swept by the Crimson.
Radcliffe Excels in First Spring RacesWith the season-opening weekend now in the books, the Radcliffe Lightweight and Heavyweight crews both made solid starts to their seasons by displaying strong performances in their races on Saturday and Sunday.
Harvard Heavyweights Win Sprints Title, Lightweights SecondHarvard heavyweight crew topped favorite Brown for the varsity eight and team titles at Eastern Sprints on Sunday, but the lightweights suffered their first defeats of the season, coming in second to rival Princeton.
Mixed Results for Radcliffe BoatsWith the heavyweights visiting Princeton for an Ivy-filled regatta on Lake Carnegie and the lightweights defending home water on the Charles, both Black and White crews faced a series of familiar foes this past weekend.
Crimson Lightweights Down Navy, GeorgetownSaturday proved to be a long but successful day of racing and traveling for the Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crews.
Men's Lightweight Crew Earns Second Straight Title at EARC SprintsHarvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew both competed in Worcester, Mass. on Sunday for the EARC Sprints championship. While the heavyweights were defeated in the first varsity race, they came away with a freshman eight title and an overall team win. The lightweights secured the varsity title for the second year in a row and placed second as a team.
Harvard Lightweights Take First in Decisive Fashion