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

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NEW LONDON, Conn. — Exactly half a century ago, Harvard coach Harry Parker brought his first varsity crew down for The Boat Race, as it has been known since 1852, and pulled off a stunning upset of Yale that was the beginning of one of the sport’s greatest dynasties.

On Sunday morning on the Thames River his Crimson oarsmen, who’ve won all but three of the annual 4-mile pulls since 1984, are favored to sweep the regatta for the sixth straight time.

The 148th edition of the nation’s oldest intercollegiate sporting event will be historic as well.

For the first time freshmen are eligible to compete on the varsity and Yale, eager to narrow the gap with its archrival, has four in its lineup including stroke Adam Smith.

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