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Harvard Heavyweight Crew, MIT, Princeton Set to Clash for Compton Cup

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight crew faces Princeton, its fastest Eastern competitor over the past two seasons, as well as local rival MIT in Saturday's Compton Cup regatta on the Charles River. The Crimson and Tigers have placed first and second, respectively, at each of the last two Eastern Sprints and were separated by just 1.2 seconds in last season's dual matchup.

Watch From Home
Live video of all Harvard and Radcliffe racing Saturday is available for free at the Crimson Central portal.

Harvard/Radcliffe Racing Schedule
7:06 a.m. - Heavyweight men: Harvard, Princeton - Third varsity eight
7:30 - Heavyweight men: Brown, Harvard - Fourth varsity, second freshman eights
7:54 - Heavyweight men: Harvard, MIT, Princeton - Freshman eight
8:18 - Heavyweight men: Harvard, MIT, Princeton - Second varsity eight
8:42 - Heavyweight men: Harvard, MIT, Princeton - Varsity eight (Compton Cup)
8:54 - Heavyweight women: Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Syracuse - Varsity eight (O'Leary Cup)
9:06 - Lightweight men: Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT - Varsity eight (Biglin Bowl)
9:18 - Heavyweight women: Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Syracuse - Second varsity eight
9:30 - Lightweight men: Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT - Second varsity eight
9:42 - Heavyweight women: Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Syracuse - Varsity four A
9:54 - Lightweight men: Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT - Freshman eight
10:06 - Heavyweight women: Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Syracuse - Varsity four B
10:18 - Lightweight men: Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT - Varsity fours
10:30 - Heavyweight women: Dartmouth, Radcliffe, Syracuse - Varsity four C
10:42 - Lightweight men: Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT - Second freshman eight

Last Time Out
The Crimson (2-0) overcame tough conditions on the Seekonk River to edge host Brown by three-fifths of a second last weekend. Harvard totaled four victories in six races, with the second varsity, freshman and second freshman eights also winning.

Last Season
Harvard won three races by comfortable margins before edging Princeton by 1.2 seconds to keep the Compton Cup and complete a sweep of the day's action last season on Lake Carnegie. The Crimson second varsity eight won by 10 seconds, and the freshman beat the Tigers by nearly six seconds.

History Lesson
Harvard has won the Compton Cup in each of the last five and nine of the last 10 seasons. Princeton claimed the first four cups in the series, starting in 1933, and has won 14 total, while Harvard has captured the trophy 59 times and MIT once. Princeton last won in 2006, and MIT's lone victory came in 1962. The cup is named for the late Dr. Karl T. Compton, former MIT president.

Scouting the Opposition
The Princeton varsity (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 13.3-seconds win against Penn and Columbia in last weekend's Childs Cup regatta. The Tigers' second varsity and freshman boats were also victorious, while the second freshmen fell to the Quakers. A week earlier, Princeton opened the spring with a four-race sweep of Syracuse and Georgetown. The MIT varsity (0-6) has finished fourth in a pair of four-team regattas so far. The freshman eight placed second last week, behind Trinity but nearly 16 seconds ahead of Boston College.

Harvard Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Michael DiSanto, 6: Sam O'Connor, 5: Parker Washburn, 4: Caspar Jopling, 3: Josh Hicks, 2: Andrew Holmes, 1: James O'Connor

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: Ben Lynton, 6: Matthew Edstein, 5: Nick Jordan, 4: Andrew Reed, 3: Elihu Reynolds, 2: Jack Morrissey, 1: Max Monfared

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: William Hakim, 8: Matthew Vincent, 7: Justin Mundt, 6: Jamie Law-Smith, 5: Nolan Pollock, 4: Alex Macintosh, 3: David Paresky, 2: Andrew Stein, 1: Andrew Hamm

Fourth Varsity Eight
Cox: Brittanie Maxwell, 8: Mihailo Malowany, 7: Eli Shikaloff 6: William Polachek, 5: Andrew Crown, 4: Nick Jaroszewicz, 3: Daniel Ranard, 2: Patrick Galvin, 1: Edward Winters Ronaldson

Freshman Eight
Cox: Jack Smith, 8: Charles Risbey, 7: James Medway, 6: Ed Rippon, 5: Andrew Emmett, 4: Josh Bernstein, 3: Max Meyer-Bosse, 2: Alexander Uruchurtu, 1: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown

Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Jessi Izhakoff, 8: Ryan Furey, 7: Owen Prunskis, 6: William Locke, 5: Daniel Hilhorst, 4: James Briggs, 3: Jan-Peter Bockstiegel, 2: Jack Freese, 1: Matt Weinstein