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Four Top-10 Opponents Await No. 2 Men's Lightweight Crew

The second varsity eight was one of four Harvard boats to win races last week against Delaware.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The second-ranked Harvard lightweight crew is set for its busiest weekend of the dual season, when it will take on four top-10 opponents over two days at venues more than 300 miles apart.

The Crimson will battle host No. 6 Cornell and No. 8 Penn Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y., before returning home to face No. 5 Georgetown and No. 9 Saint Joseph’s Sunday.

Racing Schedule
Saturday
8:40 a.m. – Freshman Eight
9:05 a.m. – Varsity Eight
9:30 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9:55 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
10:20 a.m. – Second Freshman Eight

Sunday -  Order subject to change
7:40 a.m. – Second/Third Freshman Eight
8:00 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
8:20 a.m. – Freshman Eight
8:40 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9 a.m. – Varsity Eight

Harvard Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Dexter Louie, 8: Tim Moore, 7: Austin Meyer, 6: Will Newell, 5: Martin Eiermann, 4: Billy Hennrikus, 3: Andrew Trott, 2: Jared Dourdeville, 1: James Stewart

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Lizzy Maybank, 8: Tyler Caldwell, 7: Ben Bayley, 6: Michael Murray, 5: Sean Duncan, 4: Andrew Corcoran, 3: Benjamin Tuyp, 2: Tom Nesel, 1: Michael Silvestri

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Angela Chang, 8: Jordan Cotton, 7: Gary Pellisier, 6: Matt Gibbons, 5: Christopher Oland, 4: Joseph Shivers, 3: Martin Wallner, 2: Joshua Foote, 1: Kevin Fiamingo

Freshman Eight
Cox: Paul Farber, 8: Florian Mayr, 7: Erich Schultze, 6: James Groeneveld, 5: Nicholas Gates, 4: Michael Paresky, 3: Tom Foley, 2: Matt O'Leary, 1: Alex Newell

Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Alex Saal, 8: Kevin Connolly, 7: Gabriel Lloyd, 6: Craig Herron, 5: Arturo Villanueva, 4: Chris Henderson, 3: AJ Carvalho, 2: Francisco Triana, 1: Simon Maas

Third Freshman Eight (Sunday only)
Cox: Aidan Daly, 8: Charles Hobbs, 7: Paolo Singer, 6: Francis Thumpasery, 5: Gabriel Walker, 4: Noah Guiney, 3: Dewahar Senthoor, 2: Danny Meltzer, 1: Alan Silva

Last Time Out
The Crimson took advantage of a perfect early-April Saturday on the Charles River to get its season off to winning start against Delaware. Harvard swept four races against the Blue Hens, with the varsity eight pulling away to a 9.4-second victory and both the second and third varsities beating Delaware’s second varsity.

Last Season
The Harvard varsity eight cruised to a nine-second win against the Big Red and Quakers in Philadelphia. The Crimson freshman eight also won, but Cornell claimed victory in the second and third varsity and second freshman events.

Hours after taking on Cornell and Penn, Harvard swept five races in its dual regatta against Georgetown and Columbia on Lake Carnegie. The Hoyas finished second to the Crimson in each race, trailing by four seconds in varsity eight.

Harvard finished ahead of Cornell and Georgetown in both of its varsity races at 2009 Eastern Sprints, with the runner-up Crimson varsity eight placing one spot (4.4 seconds) ahead of Georgetown and four places (6.2 seconds) ahead of Cornell. The Big Red won gold in the freshman eight, while Harvard took second place and Georgetown was fifth.

The Crimson varsity finished third at the IRA National Championships, with Georgetown fourth and Cornell fifth, each more than three seconds back of Harvard.

Series Histories
Harvard leads its all-time series against Cornell, 19-7, but had lost two straight dual races to the Big Red before last year’s win. The Crimson owns a 17-regatta win streak against Penn and is 23-4 all-time against the Quakers. Harvard is 4-3 against Georgetown, and the teams have alternated wins since 2001.

Scouting the Opposition
Cornell (1-0) opened the season by sweeping its races against heavyweight opposition at the Ithaca Invitational, including a varsity win against Virginia. Penn (3-1) began by beating Delaware and Marietta at home. Last week, the Quakers finished second against Dartmouth and MIT, two seconds behind the Big Green and five ahead of the Engineers.

Georgetown (1-1) crossed the finish about four seconds behind top-ranked Princeton and one second ahead of Columbia in its only action thus far. Saint Joseph’s (0-1) lost to Penn State at last weekend’s Murphy Cup, finishing 6.49 seconds back of the Nittany Lions. The Hawks also previously took first place in the Jesuit Invitational, topping heavyweight squads from their own school, Boston College and Loyola.