No. 1 Harvard Lightweight Crew Varsity Eight Has Sights Set on Third Straight EARC Crown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard lightweight crew, including the undefeated and No. 1 ranked varsity eight, will make the short trip to Worcester, Mass., on Sunday for EARC Sprints. The Crimson has hopes of winning its third straight EARC first varsity crown for the first time since winning five consecutive 1V races from 1968-72.
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Bow: Min-Woo Park; 2: Ian Klein; 3: Christopher McKenna; 4: Zebulon Goodman; 5: Lucas Farewell; 6: Samuel Frum; 7: Cameron Clemence; Stroke: Jeffrey Rogers; Coxswain: Joshua Blecher-Cohen
Harvard's unbeaten varsity dual mark is the 30th in program history and the seventh under head coach Charley Butt. The Crimson varsity has defeated its last 36 dual opponents and is 44-1 over the last five seasons. Harvard last posted perfect dual records in four straight seasons in 1969-72, when the crew had eight straight perfect dual seasons.
Last Time Out
Harvard proved its No. 1 position in the polls by topping No. 2 Yale and No. 6 Princeton for the Goldthwait Cup Saturday morning. The Crimson also took home the Vogel Cup, given to the team with the best overall performance at the annual HYP regatta. Harvard won four of the five contested races during the day that featured calm water and temperatures that reached 60 degrees.
Related Link: Harvard Lightweight Crew Rows Past Yale, Princeton for Goldthwait, Vogel Cups
In the Rankings
Harvard received the top spot in the USRowing Collegiate poll by receiving seven of eight first-place votes. Yale grabbed the other vote and came in second, as Ivy League crews made up the seven of the top nine spots.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Polls
Harvard's Major Lightweight Sprints Championships
Varsity eight: 1946, '47, '58, '59, '60, '61, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '74, '75, '77, '78, '80, '82, '88, '89, '91, '95, '97, 2005, '11, '12
Second varsity eight: 1946, '52, '58, '60, '62, '65, '67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '79, '80, '85, '87, '90, '91 2004, '05, '11
Freshman eight: 1948, '49, '54, '58, '59, '60, '62, '63, '65, '66, '68, '69, '71, '73, '74, '75, '79, '85, 2004
Jope Cup: 1965, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '78, '79, '80, '82, '91, 2004, '05, '09, '11
More Lightweight History
Harvard's varsity lightweights made the grand final in each of the first 63 years of the Eastern Sprints. Only four times has the varsity finished lower than fourth: sixth in 1955, fifth in 2002 and 2007 and eighth in 2008.
The Crimson, which won 13 straight Jope Cups from 1968-80, is seeking its third cup in five years. Harvard has swept the lightweight competition at the Sprints eight times (1958, '60, '68, '69, '70, '71, '74, '75). Yale (1950) and Princeton (1986, '98) are the only other schools to achieve that feat.
Sprinting to Success
Harvard has more Sprints titles than any other school. Adding up the six major divisions at Eastern Sprints, Harvard crews have combined to win 144 titles, including 53 at the varsity level (27 heavyweight, 26 lightweight).
Last Season at Sprints
The Harvard lightweight varsity eight took control in the second 500 meters of its Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Sprints grand final and never let up, winning the Eastern and Ivy League championships for the second straight year Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond. The top-ranked Crimson won its 26th Eastern title and 25th Ivy crown and repeated as champion for the first time since 1988 and '89. The second freshman eight also won Sprints gold, while the freshman eight took bronze and the third varsity eight claimed silver. Harvard tied Princeton for second in the Jope Cup team standings, three points behind freshman and second varsity champion Yale.
Related Link: Sweet Repeat: Harvard Lightweight Crew Wins Eastern, Ivy Titles
On 13 occasions both the Harvard heavyweight and lightweight varsity eights won Sprints gold medals, a feat that has only been accomplished four times by non-Harvard crews. The Crimson won both divisions in 1947, '59, '66, '68, '69, '74, '75, '77, '80, '88, '89, 2005 and '11.
Only 11 times in the 67-year history of Sprints and six times since 1957 has Harvard failed to win at least one major grand final. In one of those seasons (1981), the Crimson did not compete due to exams. In two others (heavyweight in 1992, lightweight in 2009), Harvard has won a team cup despite not coming away with a gold medal.
The top-finishing Ivy League varsity eights in the heavy and light divisions will win the Ivy title. The Harvard heavyweights have earned 27 Ancient Eight crowns since 1957, while the lightweights have won 25.
Crimson Invited to Sweep Camp
Alexander Bonorris and Jeffrey Rogers have accepted invitations to the 2013 Lightweight Men's Under 23 National Team Sweep Camp. The camp will be held in Philadelphia, Pa. and West Windsor, N.J., to determine the lightweight men's four that will compete at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 24-28 in Linz, Austria.
Related Link: Bonorris, Rogers Invited to USRowing U23 Lightweight Men's Sweep Camp
Harvard travels to Sacramento, Calif., for the IRA National Championships May 31-June 2.