Harvard Heavyweights, Cornell Lightweights Capture Conference Crowns at EARC Sprints
Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications
Photo courtesy of Sportgraphics
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Harvard maintain its dominance in the heavyweight competition, while Cornell captured Ivy League championship gold in the lightweights at the 2014 Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond.
Harvard's heavyweights hoisted the Marc Bergschneider Ivy League Heavyweight Trophy for the 29th time in program history and the fourth time in five seasons. The Big Red broke the Crimson's three-year stranglehold on the Michael W. Christian Ivy League Lightweight Trophy with its ninth conference crown in school history and first since 2008.
Needing a win in the final heavyweight race of the day to keep Brown from halting the active four-year streak, the Crimson furiously led the pack of elite competition, holding off the Brown boat that looked to upset them. Harvard rowed itself across the red buoys in 5:27.277, a mere .27 off the lake record thanks to ideal racing conditions as the evening approached. In addition to the Ivy title, the win gave Harvard the Rowe Cup, which is being retired at year's end, and the newly established varsity cup to be named in honor of the school's late, long-time head coach Harry Parker.
Cornell lightweight men's rowing team proved its rank this afternoon but had to do it in a fight 500 meters one seat down to Yale. The Big Red made a move at the midway mark and that move proved to the difference. Cornell poured it on from that point and really started to sit up across the final 500 meters, fighting off the Bulldogs in the final few strokes to cross the line first at 5:39.417, just under a second ahead of Yale's 5:40.349. With its top three finishes in the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and freshmen eight, the Big Red also took home the Jope Cup.
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