Harvard and Princeton Powerhouses Sink Men's Heavyweight Crew TeamsBy Toby Ayer
The Harvard and Princeton University heavyweight crews displayed their superior talents last Saturday on the Charles, as they rowed easily past MIT in the annual Compton Cup races.
In particular, the first varsities of the two schools had one of their most outstanding battles ever, as Harvard edged out Princeton 5 minutes, 38.1 seconds to 5:38.5. MIT finished 20 seconds back at 5:58.9.
Princeton walked away with both the first freshmen and the second varsity races. The Princeton frosh finished with open water on the Crimson, 5:54.2 to 6:03.8. The MIT freshmen maintained contact with Princeton for over half the race, but were unable to stay in it during the last few hundred meters, and finished in 6:14.9.
The second varsity Princeton boat (5:53.1) was two lengths ahead of Harvard (5:59.1) at the finish, and over half a minute ahead of MIT (6:25.1), which fell behind early on and dropped further back as the race continued.
The second freshmen race went to Harvard in 6:23.8, compared with MIT's 6:40.0. The Tech rowers were pleased with their rowing and realized they were just overpowered.
The varsity boat did manage to put together its first good race of the season, smoothing out their speed profile and rowing with a great deal more confidence.
Coach Gordon Hamilton was excited, both by the outstanding contest between Harvard and Princeton and by the fact that in the next race, defending national champion Brown University was only ten seconds faster than MIT. He also noted that MIT beat Harvard's second varsity, which it doesn't usually do.
The heavyweights head to Durham, New Hampshire tomorrow to face the University of New Hampshire.