Adams Cup on the Line Saturday for Harvard Heavyweight Crew
Harvard's first varsity in competition against Brown April 13 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2 Harvard heavyweight crew varsity eight will put its undefeated mark on the line when it races against No. 15 Penn and No. 9 Navy Saturday morning on the Charles River. The Crimson will also compete in four other races during the morning.
7:00 a.m. – Varsity Four
7:36 a.m. – Third Varsity
8:00 a.m. – First Freshman
8:48 a.m. – Second Varsity
9:12 a.m. – First Varsity
Watch at Home (Video Portal)
Harvard Athletics will offer free live video streams of each of the Harvard and Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew's regattas this weekend on the Charles River. The live production, which can be accessed here, begins at 8:00 a.m. will feature each of the first varsity races, as well as two other competitions.
8:00 a.m. – Harvard 1F
8:36 a.m. – Radcliffe V4A
9:12 a.m. – Harvard 1V
9:48 a.m. – Radcliffe 1V
Last Time Out
Harvard's varsity eight secured the Compton Cup for the seventh straight year and 61st time overall with a win over Princeton April 21. The Crimson and Tigers usually face MIT for the trophy, but the Engineers did not travel to Princeton, N.J., due to the tragedies in Boston last week. Harvard won two of the four races at the regatta, as the Crimson's freshman also pulled off a victory, under conditions that featured a strong variable headwind and chop.
Related Link: No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Varsity Eight Takes Seventh Straight Compton Cup
In the Rankings
Harvard is tied for No. 2 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll with Cal and only behind No. 1 Washington. The Huskies garnered all 13 first-place votes on their way to the top spot. Northeastern comes in at No. 4, followed by Ivy League foes No. 5 Brown, No. 6 Princeton and No. 7 Yale.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Polls
About No. 15 Penn (Crew Page)
The Quakers' first varsity have finished third of three crews in each of its last two regattas. Penn was third in the Childs Cup against Princeton and Columbia April 13 and third in the Blackwell Cup against Yale and Columbia April 20.
About No. 9 Navy (Crew Page)
Navy claimed the Stagg and Goes trophies April 20 with first varsity wins over Syracuse and Cornell on the Severn River in Annapolis, Md. The Midshipmen's second varsity boat also won its race to help Navy earn the Stagg Trophy, presented to the team with the most overall points.
The Adams Cup (Year-by-Year Results)
The crews will compete for the Adams Cup Saturday, which Harvard has won 49 times in 76 tries dating back to 1928. The Crimson has won 13 straight trophies since 1999, when Penn edged the Crimson. Last year, Harvard topped Navy by 1.9 seconds, while Penn was 10.7 seconds behind the Midshipmen.
In the Fall
The Crimson nearly earned its second straight win in the Head of the Charles championship eights event, a feat Harvard has never accomplished, before placing second at the most prestigious regatta of the fall. Harvard was clipped by Washington's top boat, which finished five seconds quicker than the Crimson. Harvard completed the three-mile course on the Charles River in 14:42.35, topping the U.S. National Team, which was heavily penalized, and finished well ahead of many Ivy crews in the process. Harvard, which had more heavyweight men racing in the event than any other team, also received top-ten results in the championship fours and club eights.
The varsity eight and second varsity eight placed third in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships grand final June 2 on the Cooper River. The varsity locked up the Crimson's second straight top-three national finish, and the second varsity medaled for the third straight year. Harvard rowed in four grand finals, with the freshman eight finishing fifth after being slowed by interference from geese on the course. The open four placed fourth, and the varsity four was second in its petite final.
Related Link: Harvard Heavyweight Crew Places Third at IRA National Championships
Harvard will face local rival Northeastern May 4 on the Charles River with the Smith Cup on the line.