No. 3 Heavyweight Crew Returns Home in Search of Compton Cup
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off back-to-back road wins, No. 3 Harvard heavyweight crew opens its home slate Saturday, April 19 against Princeton and MIT in pursuit of the Compton Cup. Racing starts at 7:12 a.m., with the varsity eight race taking off at 8:48 a.m.
7:12 a.m. 5V
7:36 a.m. 4V
8:00 a.m. 3V
8:24 a.m. 2V
8:48 a.m. V8
Bow: Peter Scholle; 2: James Medway; 3: Andrew Reed; 4: Rory Glover; 5: Vincent Breet; 6: Max Meyer Bosse; 7: Charlie Risbey; 8: Andy Holmes; Coxswain: Will Hakim
Bow: James Croxford; 2: Craig Slater; 3: Jay Ditmarsch; 4: Achim Harzheim; 5: Adam Janes; 6: Andrew Emmett; 7: Ben Lynton; Stroke: Greg Edwards; Coxswain: Brittanie Maxwell
Bow: Alex Uruchurtu; 2: Nick Jaroszewicz; 3: Eric Slater; 4: James Green, 5: Stefano Belfiore; 6: JP Hogan; 7: Jon Young; Stroke: Phil Bates; Coxswain: Jack Smith
Bow: Al Muzaurieta; 2: Eli Davey; 3: Nick Gavin; 4: Pat Dowling; 5: Jeff Rogers; 6: Peter Lehner; 7: Rob Ledniczky; Stroke: Rob Rasmussen; Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff
Bow: Ross Jarvis; 2: Sean Vedrinelle; 3: Morgan Bean; 4: Juri-Mikk Udam; 5: James Johnston; 6: Henry Kennelly; 7: Matt Carter; 8: Chase Buchholz; Coxswain: Joel Bateman
Bow: Sam Green; 2: Mounir Jamal; 3: Michael Yuan; 4: Jake Stepansky; 5: James Zatsiorsky; 6: Tim McNamara; 7: Will Sack; Stroke: James Bollinger; Cox: Tina Murphy
In the Polls
Despite remaining undefeated this season, Harvard heavies dropped to No. 3 in the USRowing poll with 295 points. The Crimson fall below California (311) and Washington (305) in a close battle atop the standings. Princeton (259) and Yale (259) sit tied for fourth. The Crimson started the season at No. 1 and spent the first three weeks ahead of the field.
Running the Table
The Crimson V8 remains undefeated in dual races this season, besting Cornell and Brown. Harvard has not lost a head-to-head battle since April 10, 2010 (Brown) and has won 26 of its last 27 duals.
The Tigers come into the weekend tied for No. 4 in the USRowing poll after defeating Penn and Columbia a week ago. The varsity eight finished in 5:33.9, taking a few seats off the line and holding the Quakers and Lions back to win by open water. Head coach Greg Hughes begins his fifth season with the Tigers' heavyweight squad. Highest holds a 24-10 record and has medaled twice at Eastern Sprints.
The Engineers, receiving votes in the USRowing poll, finished second in the Donahue Cup last Saturday with Williams College, WPI and Franklin & Marshall College. Williams won the race (5:50.60), as MIT crossed in 5:54.82. In his eighth season, director of rowing and head coach Tony Kilbridge '82 was a two-time Eastern Sprints champion with Harvard.
The Compton Cup
Harvard looks to make it eight-straight victories in the Compton Cup Saturday, as the Crimson has earned 11 wins over the last 12 races. Dating back to 1933, Harvard owns 61 Compton Cup wins over Princeton and MIT. Princeton has 14 victories, with its last coming in 2006, and MIT's only first-place finish was in 1962.
The crews will compete for the Adams Cup Saturday, which Harvard has won 50 times in 77 tries dating back to 1928. The Crimson has won 14-straight trophies since 1999, when Penn edged the Crimson. Last year, Harvard won by open water on the Charles, finishing in 5:39.7, as Penn (5:47.9) and Navy (5:49.6) battled for second.
In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, begins his 29th season with the Harvard rowing program and first with the heavyweight men in 2013-14. The ninth coach in Harvard heavyweight crew history, Butt becomes just the fourth coach to lead the Crimson since 1946.
Harvard secured a silver medal at the IRA national championship regatta a year ago, wrapping the season with a decisive victory over Yale and taking home The Visitors' Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Harvard will put its streak of 14-consecutive Adams Cup victories on the line as the Crimson travels to Philadelphia to race against Penn and Navy Saturday, April 26.