In a busy slate filled with competitive racing for all four of Harvard’s crews, the lightweight squad made an especially bold statement to begin its season. In temperatures bordering on nippy, the No. 4 ranked lightweight crew faced four ranked opponents over the weekend, overcoming all of them.
This weekend, all four of Harvard’s crews will take to the water to battle opponents in a full slate of competitive racing. It will mark the first time this year that all four are on the water in competitive atmospheres.
The men’s heavyweight crew team comfortably bested both No. 10 Cornell and No. 15 George Washington. The Radcliffe crews met different fates, however, with The Black and White heavyweight team falling to No. 8 Brown, and the lightweight crew falling to both No. 8 Georgetown and Bates.
Harvard battled chilly waters and two Big 10 opponents in their spring opener, eventually coming out 3rd-best. The Black and White claimed four of the five races against the Michigan State while conceding all five races to the Ohio State.
At this year’s NCAA Championships, two members of the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team brought their talents to the national stage. Sophomore Miki Dahlke and senior Jing Leung competed in the meet in Columbus, Ohio, which stretched for four days starting on March 14.
At the Ancient Eight championships over the weekend, Harvard women’s swimming and diving team took their third Ivy Crown in five years, accumulating 1616 points and beating the rest of the field by 125.5 points.
Although Harvard ultimately fell in dual contests to Yale and Princeton, the Crimson had many strong swimming and diving performances that highlighted the team’s potential to impress in the league meet in a couple of weeks.