During Second Weekend, Crimson Crews Nearly Perfect

Sarah E Amanullah

Shown here in an earlier race, the Harvard heavyweights swept rival Brown in five events on the Charles this weekend, taking back the Stein Cup and avenging its only varsity dual loss of last season. The lightweight crews found similar success against Georgetown and Penn, dropping only two races.

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.”


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.”


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.


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