CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's heavyweight crew team took on a pair of nationally ranked teams on the Charles River on Saturday, rowing against second-ranked Harvard University and fourth-ranked Princeton University in a battle for the Compton Cup. The Harvard crew came out on top in the Varsity 8 race, with Princeton second and MIT third.
Rowing into a steady headwind that had increased as the morning progressed, the Harvard team finished the 2,000-meter course in 5:59.5, edging the Princeton crew by nearly seven seconds. MIT ran into trouble in the second half of the race, contending with some heavy launch wake that slowed the teams progress considerably, resulting in a third-place finish.
In the freshman/novice 8 race the results turned out to be the same, with Harvard finishing ahead of Princeton and MIT. The Crimson finished 7.3 seconds ahead of the Tigers in 6:09.8, with the Engineers crossing the line 14 seconds after the Princeton boat.
MIT will race for the final time this season on the Charles next Saturday, April 21 when it takes on crews from the University of Massachusetts
Harvard - 5:59.5
Princeton - 6:06.2
MIT - 6:56.6
Harvard - 6:09.8
Princeton - 6:17.1
MIT - 6:31.3