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Harvard’s crew looks for a sixth straight sweep of archrival Yale in Sunday’s annual 4-mile race in New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. — It was exactly half a century ago that Harvard coach Harry Parker brought his first varsity crew down for The Boat Race, as it has been known since 1852. “Same as ever,” he was saying last week, gazing out at the Thames River from Red Top, the well-worn but august headquarters that has changed little across the decades. “It’s all good.”

It has been beyond good for the Crimson oarsmen, who’ve won all but three of the annual 4-mile pulls since 1984, and are favored to sweep the regatta for the sixth straight time. “Last year we saw how meaningful it was to the [senior] class that they never saw a Harvard crew lose to a Yale crew,” says captain James O’Connor. “It would mean a lot to us if we could do the same.”

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