CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – College sports' oldest rivals and the top two finishing crews in the varsity grand finals of the Eastern Sprints take part in their 154th head-to-head clash at the Harvard-Yale Regatta this Saturday, June 8 on the Thames River. Yale is looking for its fourth-straight win over Harvard for the first time since a five-peat by the Crimson from 1964-69. Harvard is looking to spoil Yale's perfect record and win for the 15th time over the last 20 years.
Combination Race: 5 p.m.
Third Varsity Race: 12:45 p.m.
Second Varsity Race: 1:30 p.m.
Varsity Race: 2:30 p.m.
What to Know
- This year's race is the 154th of the series and the 131st on the Thames. Harvard leads the rivalry, 95-57, including a 78-52 edge in New London.
- At last year's Regatta, Yale captured victories in the first and second varsity eight races, while Harvard defeated the Eli's in the third varsity eight race.
- The Crimson returns four rowers from last year's Regatta. Sophomore George Cozens will make his debut guiding the varsity eight this year. He is joined by senior classmates Arthur Doyle, Lars Lorch and captain Liam Corrigan. David Ambler is the lone junior, while Patrick Adams, Clark Dean and Kenny Coplan will respresent the first-years.
- Last weekend, Harvard earned a bronze medal in its first and third varsity eight grand final races at IRA National Championships. The Crimson's second varsity posted a fourth-place finish in its grand final race. At the conclusion of the event, Harvard finished third in the nation as a team.
- Harvard is currently undefeated in dual action at 7-0. Earlier this season, the Crimson's first varsity eight claimed a silver medal at Eastern Sprints, while its second varsity took home gold.
Varsity Eight: George Cozens (cox); Clark Dean (stroke), David Ambler (seven), Douwe de Graaf (six), Patrick Adams (five), Liam Corrigan (four), Lars Lorch (three), Arthur Doyle (two), Kenny Coplan (bow).
Second Varsity: Edward Bracey (cox); David Fleming (stroke), Calvin Tarczy (seven), Pieter Quinton (six), Andrew Morley (five), Harrison Burke (four), Ethan Seder (three), Samuel Meijer (two), Lucas Clarke (bow).
Third Varsity: Nicolas Yan (cox); Matthias Fischer (stroke), Max Mezger (seven), Samuel Monkley (six), Christian Tabash (five), James Clarke (four), Carter Dickinson (three), Curtis McLeod (two), John Luby (bow).
About the Harvard-Yale Regatta
While most races are 2,000 meters in length, the Crimson and Eli varsities depart from that "sprint" distance to battle along a four-mile playing field which presents a true test of each oarsman's endurance, character and strength. The varsity race is the longest of its kind in America and three times the distance of a normal race. (Each crew will take approximately 700 strokes to complete the course). The two-mile combination and freshman/third varsity races and three-mile second varsity contest are nearly as exhausting.
This year's racing will be held in June for the seventh-straight year and to the upstream course on the Thames River for the sixth-consecutive time. The combination event is slated for Friday evening, and Saturday's first race pits Harvard against Yale in the first, second and third varsity boats.
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.
The Harvard-Yale Regatta marks the end of the 2018-19 campaign for the Crimson as it will now turn its attention to preparations for the 2019-20 season.