No. 3 Men’s Heavyweight Crew Readies for Eastern Sprints Battle

Photo by: Paul Rutherford
Photo by: Paul Rutherford

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Closing out the dual season undefeated, the No. 3 Harvard men's heavyweight crew will travel to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. this Sunday, May 19 to compete for the Rowe Cup and an Ivy League title at the Eastern Sprints Championships. Information on seedings, live results and related content regarding Eastern Sprints is available here.

8:10 a.m. – Fourth Varsity Eight
9:00 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
9:24 a.m. – Varsity Eight
10:36 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
1:12 p.m. – Fifth Varsity Eight

Full schedule available here.

What to Know
- Harvard has recorded undefeated dual seasons in two of the past three years, closing out its 2018-19 slate unbeaten with a dominant win over No. 6 Northeastern.
- The Crimson has been consistently ranked at No. 3 in the USRowing Coaches Poll since the opening week of competition and will retain that position in the latest poll released this week.
- At last year's Eastern Sprints, Harvard finished third as a team, while its first varsity eight boat took silver in the grand final after besting Brown and Princeton at the finish line.
- Harvard has won 34 Rowe Cup titles in program history, including five-straight from 2010-2014.
- Harvard has swept the three major heavyweight divisions at Eastern Sprints six times (1945, '65, '85, '90, 2004, '11). Only four other times has one school swept all three races: 1952 (Navy), '79 (Yale), '94 (Brown) and 2009 (Brown). Harvard has won two of the three races on 16 occasions. The Crimson has advanced to the varsity grand final in 68 of the 72 years racing at Sprints, while also winning five of the six major events six times.
- Starting in 2014, the winner of the varsity eight race at Eastern Sprints is awarded the Harry Parker Cup, a trophy picked out by the legendary Harvard coach and donated by the Friends of Harvard and Radcliffe Rowing. Fittingly, the Crimson took home the inaugural Harry Parker Cup. 

Leading the Way
Charley Butt is in the midst of his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard men's heavyweight crew team and 34th overall season with the Harvard rowing program, previously serving as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew for 28 years. Butt owns a 33-6 overall record with the heavyweight program.

Up Next
Harvard will travel to Folsom, Calif. to compete in the IRA National Championships from May 31 to June 2.