Just as Yale took The Game this year, so too did it take The Race.
In the 153rd racing of the Harvard-Yale regatta, the No. 1 ranked Bulldog heavyweight crew took the first varsity, second varsity, and combination races over the No. 4 ranked Crimson. The wins by Yale served as a victory lap of its national championship victory the previous weekend, in which the Bulldogs finished in 6:01.648. Harvard finished fourth in that race but did manage to take silver in the third varsity of the IRAs.
The regatta has deep roots in American history as the longest standing collegiate competition in the country. The two teams congregated on the Thames River in Connecticut for an exciting weekend of racing. But as Yale would prove, the competition was lopsided.
In the first varsity race, Yale eight, stroked by senior Sholto Carnegie pulled away early and finished seven seconds ahead of Harvard in 18:51.06 compared to the Crimson’s 18:58.10 finish in the four mile race, a distance longer than usual dual season and championships racing.
The story was much the same in the second varsity race, a three mile affair, in which the Bulldogs held off a late Harvard surge to finish five seconds ahead in 13:53.23.
Harvard was able to scavenge a victory in the third varsity, as senior Dominic Glover in the stroke seat helped lead the boat to a three second margin of victory in 9:08.41.
Yale would also take the combination race also in 9:23.2 to Harvard’s 9:27.7, giving the Bulldogs the privilege to paint a “Y” on the rocks near the finish line.
Harvard still maintains a 95-57 advantage in the accumulated iterations of The Race.
—Staff writer Leon K. Yang can be reached at email@example.com.