Crimson win again at 148th Harvard-Yale RegattaAP , Associated Press
Jun. 9, 2013 2:31 PM ET
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The nation's oldest intercollegiate sports event is still being dominated by Harvard.
The Crimson easily won the 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta on Sunday, completing the 4-mile, upstream race on the Thames River in 21:17.6. Yale finished with a time of 21:41.3.
The race was close for the first mile or so, after which Harvard pulled away.
"I thought Yale would stay closer to us earlier in the race," said Harry Parker, who is in his 51st season as Harvard's head coach. "I was pretty sure that we could outrow them in the later stages."
Harvard is 94-54 in the event and has won 13 of the last 14 matchups, while Parker is now 44-7 in the rivalry.
The win also completes a strong season for the Crimson, who won the Eastern Sprints championships last month and finished second to Washington at the International Rowing Association national championships May 31.
Harvard swept all three races for the sixth straight year. Yale last won the Regatta in 2007.
"At the end of the race that you lose, if you're not down, you haven't made an investment," said Yale's third-year coach, Steve Gladstone. "In order to compete and win, you've got to deal with days like today. If you can't, you're not going to be a player, simple as that. Risk, full investment, then getting slapped? Very, very, very tough experience."
No members of any of Harvard's boats have ever experienced losing to the Bulldogs.
"We have a lot of fun while we're here, but we know what we're here to do, and that's to beat Yale," said Harvard senior captain James O'Connor. "And that's the foremost priority of this program, I would say. Especially for Harry Parker."