Lightweights Defeat Reigning Champs, But Harvard Retains Goldthwait Cup
The top-ranked Harvard men's lightweight crew retained the Goldthwait Cup, but Princeton likely took a step forward in seeding by defeating Yale, the current third-ranked team in the EARC and the reigning national champion, during the annual H-Y-P regatta Saturday morning on the Housatonic River.
Harvard won its third straight Goldthwait Cup in 5:31.2, while Princeton placed second in 5:35.4. Yale, which won the 2011 IRA national title and was ranked second for most of the 2012 season, finished third on its home course in 5:37.2.
The varsity eight moved to 4-4 on the season and will now turn its attention to the 2012 EARC Championships, held May 13 in Worcester, Mass. Princeton has won two of the last three Eastern Sprints titles, though the Crimson took the crown last season.
"Our 1V continued to show impovement, putting together another complete race," head coach Marty Crotty said. "They did well to finish ahead of a strong Yale crew. Harvard is the clear front runner in the league right now, but we have some more time to give them a better race at Sprints."
Harvard also won the Vogel Cup, which goes to the overall points champion, though Yale grabbed wins in both the second varsity and freshman eight races. The Bulldogs won the 2V in 5:33.9, while Princeton pushed past Harvard for second in 5:42.8.
"Our second varsity rowed their hearts out today," Crotty said. "Again, they finished second behind a very strong crew in Yale, the league's top-ranked 2V, but kept it together very well and stayed in front of Harvard."
The Yale freshman scored a win in 5:43.8, just 1.4 seconds faster than the Crimson. For Princeton, which finished in 5:48.3, it was the first freshman eight loss of the season.
"The freshman race was the closest three-boat race of the day," Crotty said. "Yale and Harvard are both very good crews and our guys hung tough for three quarters of the race. They're smart guys and they will learn from this loss."
"All of our guys should be very proud of the way they raced today," Crotty added. "We will spend the next ten days putting the finishing touches on our training and will be ready to race at the Sprints."
Second Varsity Eight
Second Freshman Eight