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It was with 500 meters to go during last year’s Eastern Sprints that Brown made its move, rowing furiously to overtake top-seeded Harvard by .3 seconds in one of the closest finishes in the event’s 68-year history.
Which made it fitting on Sunday, with those same 500 meters remaining on Lake Quinsigamond, that Harvard captain James O’Connor first knew beyond any doubt that no one would be catching the Crimson.
Despite a consistent headwind, Harvard’s heavyweight crew finished the 2,000-meter course with a time of 5 minutes 56.72 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of Brown (6:01.93) and seven up on third-place Northeastern (6:03.75).