No. 2 Yale, No. 6 Princeton Next for No. 1 Harvard Lightweight Crew
The first varsity is pictured on the Charles River March 30 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The top-ranked Harvard lightweight varsity eight travels to Princeton, N.J., Saturday to face No. 6 Princeton and No. 2 Yale. The Crimson will also compete in four other races with four total trophies on the line.
Goldthwait Cup (1V), Vogel Cup (all boats), Freshman Bowl (1F), Prentke Cup (1F vs. Princeton)
9:00 a.m. – 2F4+
9:20 a.m. – 1F
9:40 a.m. – 2V
10:00 a.m. – 1V
10:20 a.m. – 3V
Bow: Alexander Bonorris; 2: Michael Wales; 3: Austin Meyer; 4: Stuart Taylor; 5: Nicholas Gates; 6: Matt O'Leary; 7: Andrew Campbell; Stroke: Florian Mayr; Coxswain: Paul Farber
First Freshmen/Novice Eight
Bow: Cameron Clemence; 2: Zebulon Goodman; 3: Christopher McKenna; 4: Ian Klein; 5: Lucas Farewell; 6: Samuel Frum; 7: Min-Woo Park; Stroke: Jeffrey Rogers; Coxswain: Joshua Blecher-Cohen
Second Freshmen Four 'A'
Bow: Fred Quesada; 2: Matt Kozlowski; 3: Lev Ratnofsky; 4: Mitchel Cole; Coxswain: Assad Hussain
Second Freshmen Four 'B'
Bow: Matthew Seghers; 2: Trevor Lutzow; 3: Miles Graham; 4: Nick Phillips; Coxswain: Chris Xu
Watch at Home
Princeton crew will provide a video stream of Saturday's racing. To access the live feed, click here. Also, there will be a live broadcast via telephone at 213-493-0216.
Princeton Men vs. Yale and Harvard
9:00 a.m. - 2F 4+
9:20 a.m. - First Freshmen
9:40 a.m. - Second Varsity
10:00 a.m. - First Varsity
10:20 a.m. - Third Varsity
Princeton Women vs. Penn, Dartmouth and Tennessee
10:40 a.m. - B Four
11:00 a.m. - Varsity Four
11:20 a.m. - Second Varsity
11:40 a.m. - First Varsity
12:00 a.m. - 3V/4V Eight
In the Rankings
Harvard received the top spot in the USRowing Collegiate poll by receiving six of eight first-place votes. Yale grabbed the other two votes and came in second, as Ivy League crews made up the top seven spots. Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Penn make up No. 3-7.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Polls
Last Time Out
In the first sporting event in the Boston and Cambridge area since the city was on lockdown Friday, Harvard took three of four races from Navy April 20 on the Charles River. The Crimson's No. 1 ranked first varsity beat Navy by 10.5 seconds to retain the Haines Cup for the fifth straight year. Harvard and Navy faced challenging conditions all morning from high winds and rain on the Charles. The winds were strongest in the early going, creating the roughest waters of the day for the first varsity race.
Related Link: No. 1 Harvard Lightweight Crew Battles Elements, Races Past Navy
No. 2 Yale (Crew Page)
Yale's first varsity began the spring season by defeating Navy by 14 seconds. The Bulldogs have followed up their impressive opening day performance by winning four straight regattas. Most recently, the crew edged No. 5 Dartmouth April 20. The race was hosted by Yale on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn. Yale completed a clean sweep of the Big Green. The day began with the Bulldogs first freshman slipping by with a six-second victory and was followed by Yale's second varsity pulling out a 13.4 second win. Yale won the varsity eight race outright for the first time since 2009 with a mere three-second victory to ultimately claim the Durand Cup. The Bulldogs third varsity finished the sweep by posting a time of 5:57.7 in the last event.
No. 6 Princeton (Crew Page)
The Tigers of Princeton have started their 2013 spring campaign by winning three of four first varsity races. The season began with victories over both Navy (March 23) and Georgetown (March 30). They followed those performances with a close loss at No. 4 Cornell (April 13). Princeton's last outing was a winning effort on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa., over No. 7 Penn and No. 8 Georgetown. After dropping their first race the week before, the Tiger's first varsity rebounded with a six-second victory. Princeton's second and third varsity followed with victories, posting times of 5:40.2 and 5:54.0, respectively. The team claimed their eighth straight Wood-Hammond Trophy.
Goldthwait and Vogul Cups History
Harvard has won the Goldthwait Cup 43 times, including seven times in the last ten years. Princeton (25 wins) won in 2008 and '09, while Yale (19 wins) last took the trophy in 2006. The Crimson's second-place finish in 2009 was its last dual loss. The cup was first presented in 1925 but was awarded retroactively back to 1922, the year of the first HYP lightweight race. The Vogel Cup will also be awarded to the team with the best overall performance.
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In the Fall
The Crimson captured its first win in the Head of the Charles lightweight eights event since 1975 and sixth overall victory in the race Oct. 21 in Boston. The first-place finish gave Harvard its 41st overall medal, which later became 42 after the Radcliffe lightweight's victory, in the history of the Head of the Charles. Harvard's boat rowed the three-mile Charles River route in 14:35.71, well ahead of its closest competitor. USRowing, which placed second, was nearly 12 seconds off Harvard's pace and Princeton was a distant third in 14:58.24. Yale was fifth at 14:59.70.
Harvard completed a perfect collegiate season with the program's eighth national championship in 2012, winning the grand final in course-record time at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. The Crimson held off Dartmouth by nearly a second and blew away the IRA men's lightweight course record by three seconds with a time of 5:33.059 to put the perfect finish on a collegiate campaign that included a 9-0 dual record, Eastern and Ivy League championships and a course record at Princeton.
The Crimson makes its annual appearance on Lake Quinsigamond May 19 to compete at the EARC Sprints in Worcester, Mass.