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Harvard Heavyweight Crew Looks for Fourth Straight Rowe Cup at EARC Sprints Sunday


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
The Harvard heavyweight crew, including the No. 2 ranked varsity eight, will head to Worcester, Mass., Sunday for EARC Sprints. The Crimson will be looking for its fourth straight Rowe Cup and 33rd overall.

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Rowe Cup History
The Harvard seniors will look to become just the fourth group to win four straight Rowe Cups. Previous four-time winners include the class of 1967, '75 and '76.

Rowe Cup Titles (32) - 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012

Harvard's Major Heavyweight Sprints Championships
Varsity eight: 1947, '48, '49, '59, '64, '65, '66, '67, '68, '69, '70, '74, '75, '76, '77, '80, '83, '85, '88, '89, '90, 2003, '04, '05, '07, '10, '11
Second varsity eight: 1947, '49, '64, '65, '66, '69, '72, '73, '74, '75, '78, '85, '86, '90, '93, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '11
Freshman eight: 1949, '50, '55, '58, '63, '65, '67, '72, '76, '80, '83, '84, '85, '86, '90, '99, 2001, '02, '04, '08, '10, '11, '12

More Heavyweight History
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 15 occasions. The Crimson has advanced to the varsity grand final in 63 of the 67 years racing at Sprints. Harvard has won five of the six major events six times.

Last Time Out
The Harvard heavyweight crew took four races from Northeastern May 4 on the Charles River. The Crimson also won the Smith Cup for the 16th straight time by besting the Huskies by just over one length in the first varsity race. Harvard's No. 2 ranked first varsity used an impressive performance in the third 500 meters of the 2,000-meter course to secure its sixth victory in as many tries this season. The fourth-ranked Huskies kept pace with Harvard through the first 1,000 meters before the Crimson turned a one-foot lead into a seven-seat advantage by the 1,500-meter line. Harvard stayed steady in the last 500 meters and won by a small amount of open water. The Crimson stopped the clock at 5:30.8, 3.4 seconds quicker than Northeastern.
Related Link: No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Crew First Varsity Wins 16th Straight Smith Cup Over Northeastern

Streaking
The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight has defeated its last 26 and 41 of its last 42 dual opponents, with the lone loss coming in 2010 at Brown. The Crimson has defeated its last 26 and 48 of its last 49 dual opponents when racing at home on the Charles River. Harvard's last home loss was April 15, 2006 against Princeton.

In the Rankings
Harvard is No. 2 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll and only behind No. 1 Washington. The Huskies garnered all 12 first-place votes on their way to the top spot. Northeastern is No. 3 and Stanford is No. 4, followed by Ivy League foe Brown at No. 5.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Poll

Gold Standard
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.

Ivy Implications
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.

Up Next
Harvard travels to Sacramento, Calif., for the IRA national championships May 31-June 2. The Crimson culminates the season with the 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta June 9 in New London, Conn.