Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight first varsity eights brought trophies back to the boathouse this weekend by winning the Compton Cup and the Biglin Bowl, respectively, for defeating local and league rivals on the Charles River.
The heavyweights raced Princeton and MIT in Saturday’s racing, while the lightweights squared off against Dartmouth and MIT.
“We planned on coming out strong,” heavyweight captain Mike DiSanto said. “We had a good week of training and were very focused. We’re very happy with our performance and every boat executed like they wanted to.”
HEAVYWEIGHTS VS. MIT, PRINCETON
For the sixth straight year, the Harvard heavyweight 1V secured the Compton Cup with a win over Princeton and MIT.
Crimson boats finished first in Saturday’s other four races to complete the sweep.
“We had a tough weekend last weekend [against Brown], so we were looking to move up from that,” said junior James O’Connor, bow seat of the first varsity eight.
The Harvard first varsity eight heavyweights came through with a victory over Princeton, giving the Tigers (5-1) their first loss of their season.
The Crimson finished with a time of 5:59.5, 5.7 seconds ahead of the Tigers. The Engineers, who came in third, finished far behind both the Crimson and Tigers crews with a time of 6:56.6.
Even though Harvard ultimately finished more than a boat length ahead of the Tigers, the heavyweights knew that they were not going simply to be handed a win.
“We knew Princeton was going to be fast,” O’Connor said. “[But] we were feeling quietly confident.”
The second varsity boat also had a successful outing, winning by the greatest margin of all five races.
The Crimson crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of the Tigers, completing the course in 6:09.2.
The third varsity boat recorded a five-second win over Princeton while the freshman eight defeated both the Tigers and MIT in 6:09.8.
Overall, the team seemed satisfied with its performances.