CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The defending Eastern champion Harvard lightweight crew opens its spring season against Delaware Saturday morning on the Charles River.
7:48 a.m. – Freshman fours
8:12 a.m. – Freshman eight
8:36 a.m. – Second and third varsity eights
9 a.m. – Varsity eight
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Defending The Title
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Cox: Jonathan Shpall, 8: Nicolai Astrop Wiik, 7: Christopher Magnani, 6: Alexander Bonorris, 5: Timothy McLaughlin, 4: Robert Hawthorne, 3: Jonathan Young, 2: Connor Mangan, 1: Malte Zopfs
Freshman Four A
Cox: Alexander Bonorris, 4: Eli Leavitt, 3: Stefan Skalbania, 2: Matthew Pawlwoski, 1: Nelson Arnous
Freshman Four B
Cox: Jake Saal, 4: Owen Senders, 3: Edward McKlveen, 2: Sam Barrington, 1: Ross Svenson
Freshman Four C
Cox: Ezra Stoller, 4: William Grayson, 3: Johnathan Budd, 2: Henry Klingenstein, 1: Rohan Goel
The Harvard varsity eight completed its second straight perfect dual season, the 28th in program history, and won the program's 25th Eastern Sprints title last season. The Crimson also took second varsity gold at Sprints on the way to its 21st Jope Cup as the top overall lightweight squad in the East. The varsity went on to finish second to Yale at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, missing the national title by one-fiftieth of a second, and Harvard competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
The Crimson opened the 2011 spring season by winning four of five races, including all three varsity events, against Delaware. The varsity eight led the way, beating the Blue Hens by 11.1 seconds. The second and third varsities won by large margins, and Harvard also captured the second freshman four race. Delaware pulled out a five-second win in the freshman eight. Harvard swept four races from Delaware in 2010, with the top Crimson eight winning by 9.4 seconds.
In the Fall
Harvard is coming off an outstanding fall season. The Crimson boasted the top collegiate lightweight crew at the Head of the Charles Regatta, placing second to the USRowing entry and finishing more than 13 seconds faster than third-place Princeton. Harvard went on to sweep the varsity eight and four events at the Princeton Chase, and the Crimson freshmen won the team competition at the Green Monster.
Leading the Crimson
Captain Tom Nesel and fellow seniors Tim Moore and Angela Chang are among nine athletes back from last year's top two boats. Juniors Matt O'Leary and Erich Schultze also return from the varsity eight.