Courtesy of Head Of The Charles Regatta®, Harvard
Athletic Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Highlighted by Harvard taking home total points trophy and Princeton winning the men's lightweight and women's overall titles, the Ivy League had a strong showing at the 46th Head Of The Charles Regatta.
Princeton's lightweight men, who will go into the 2011 season as the two-time defending EARC and IRA national champions, certainly made a strong first impression breaking a 13-year course record by 12 seconds with a finishing time of 14:09.921.
Yale's lightweight crew took the top two spots in the lightweight four in a feat that head coach Andy Card called "unprecedented in my memory at least." Yale's two shells were able to hold off last year's winner, the Don Rowing Club of Canada. It the second time in three years that Yale won the lightweight fours event at the Head of the Charles and the sixth year in a row that the Bulldogs were the top collegiate finisher.
Princeton's women topped reigning NCAA champion Virginia by more than eight seconds. The Tigers finished the course in 15:48.314, more than 8.5 seconds faster than Virginia and nearly 10 seconds faster than anybody in the Ivy League. Yale posted the fastest time at the Riverside mark, but Princeton was fastest at the Weld, Cambridge and final marks.
Harvard claimed the MacMahon Cup Regatta Point Trophy for the most total points by any club, school, college or university at the Head Of The Charles on the strength of its second-place finish in the championship eights. The Crimson finished less than two seconds behind Washington in the fastest event of the weekend.
The Head Of The Charles Regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event. First held on October 16, 1965, the race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, with the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a "head of the river" race similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. "Head" races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long-boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head Of The Charles."
Over the past 46 years, the Head Of The Charles regatta has grown tremendously. Today, more than 8,000 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. The Regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend.
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