Shelley Pearson and her Harvard University Rowing Teammates Outraces Local Rivals for the Beanpot.
Twelfth ranked Harvardís Heavyweight crew won four of its five races, including a 6.2-second victory in the Varsity Eight that saw Pearson compete in, to retain the Beanpot and Beanpot team banner against local rivals Boston College, Boston University, MIT and Northeastern on the Charles River.
Pearson and the her Varsity Eight teammates Cox: Jill Carlson, Eliza Flint, Courtney Diekema, Anne Carroll Ingersoll, Liz Soutter, Deva Steketee, Jessica Mealia and Mary Maginnis opened its spring season in fine form, defeating all its local rivals for the fifth time in six years of Beanpot racing and helping Harvard University capture its sixth straight team title.
Racing was made difficult for all by a quartering tailwind that made the water choppier as the boats progressed farther down the course. Pearson and her teammates started aggressively to take advantage of the more manageable conditions in the early part of the race. Harvard University went on to post a winning time of 6:25.9.
Second-place Boston University crossed in 6:32.1, followed by Northeastern in 6:38.3. The wins against Boston University and Northeastern kept the Allen-DeWolfe Trophy and Rowlands Cup, respectively, in Weld Boathouse for another year.
Varsity Eight Results
6.25.9 Radcliffe 6.32.1 Boston University 6.38.3 Northeastern 6.38.9 MIT 6.54.1 Boston College