Hall of Fame

Townsend S. Swayze

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Hall of Fame

Harvard Athletic Achievements

In a uniquely team sport, he emerged from the anonymity of the “engine room” to lead a resurgence on the river. In his junior year his unheralded crew won the Compton and Adams Cups and lost only to Yale. As a senior he captained one of the finest Harvard crews in Crimson history. It successfully defended the two Cups, in the process breaking the one and three-quarter mile record on the Charles. It then captured the Eastern Intercollegiate sprints for the first time in a decade and finished by ending Yale’s five-year winning streak and New London. A trip to Henley was the reward for the outstanding season, and his crew responded by winning the Grand Challenge Cup on the 45th anniversary of Harvard’s first Henley victory.