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No. 5 Lightweight Crew Eyes 22nd Jope Cup

The Crimson varsity eight looks for its fourth-straight Sprints title.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 5 Harvard lightweight crew travels to Worcester, Mass., Sunday for the 2014 EARC Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond. The event will be streamed live here.

Sprinting to Success
Harvard has more Sprints titles than any other school. Adding up the six major divisions at Eastern Sprints, Harvard crews have combined to win 147 titles, including 55 at the varsity level (28 heavyweight, 27 lightweight). 

Jope Cups (21): 1965, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '78, '79, '80, '82, '91, 2004, '05, '09, '11

Harvard's Major Lightweight Sprints Championships
Varsity eight: 1946, '47, '58, '59, '60, '61, '66, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '74, '75, '77, '78, '80, '82, '88, '89, '91, '95, '97, 2005, '11, '12, '13
Second varsity eight: 1946, '52, '58, '60, '62, '65, '67, '68, '69, '70, '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76, '77, '79, '80, '85, '87, '90, '91 2004, '05, '11
Freshman eight: 1948, '49, '54, '58, '59, '60, '62, '63, '65, '66, '68, '69, '71, '73, '74, '75, '79, '85, 2004

Seeding
The Crimson varsity eight is seeded fifth in the EARC poll heading into the weekend. The freshman eight is the lone boat to enter the race favored, as the 2V ranks third and the 3V sits in fourth overall.

Last Season at Sprints
Harvard's first varsity eight won its third-straight EARC Sprints crown a season ago, the first time the Crimson earned three-consecutive wins since 1972. The Crimson finished second in the Jope Cup, given to the best overall team performance, as its second freshman captured Sprints gold, as well.

Boatings
First Varsity
Bow: Jack Kelly; 2: Alexander Bonorris; 3: Lucas Farewell; 4: Samuel Frum; 5: Andrew Campbell; 6: Tom Marshall; 7: Alexander Newell; Stroke: Nico Astrup Wiik; Coxswain: Shane Bouchard

Second Varsity
Bow: Connor Mangan; 2: Mitchel Cole; 3: Cameron Clemence; 4: Robert Hawthorne; 5: James Groeneveld; 6: Ian Klein; 7: Christopher Magnani; Stroke: Eli Leavitt; Coxswain: Chris Xu

Third Varsity
Bow: Christopher McKenna; 2: Lev Ratnofsky; 3: Edward McKlveen; 4: Nelson Arnous; 5: Cameron Heron; 6: Matthew Pawlowski; 7: Stefan Skalbania; Stroke: Nicholas Phillips; Coxswain: Alexander Spencer

First Freshman
Bow: Mark Steinbrick; 2: Patrick Anderson; 3: Christopher Wales; 4: Kalvis Hornburg; 5: Ian Meyer; 6: Thomas Gill; 7: Matthew Podlesak; Stroke: Emanuel Ritschard; Coxswain: James Dreben

Second Freshman
Bow: Alexander Keane; 2: Timothy King; 3: Michael Kikukawa; 4: Matthew O'Connor; 5: Michael Savarese; 6: Michael Casciotti; 7: Johann Colloredo-Mansfeld; Stroke: Eric Rodrigo; Coxswain: Brett Biebelberg

Seeing Double
On 14 occasions, including last season, both the Harvard heavyweight and lightweight varsity eights won Sprints gold medals, a feat that has only been accomplished four times by non-Harvard crews. The Crimson won both divisions in 1947, '59, '66, '68, '69, '74, '75, '77, '80, '88, '89, 2005, '11 and '13.

Gold Standard
Only 11 times in the 68-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 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 28 Ancient Eight crowns since 1957, while the lightweights have won 26.

Last Time Out
The Crimson was edged by No. 5 Princeton and No. 2 Yale April 26 on the Charles River. The Tigers (33 points) won the Vogel Cup, as Harvard (27 points) ranked second and Yale (19 points) came in third.

In the Polls
Harvard sits at No. 5 in the USRowing poll, as Ivy League teams make up the first five spots. Cornell holds the No. 1 position, followed by No. 2 Columbia, No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 Yale. The Crimson opened the season at No. 1. 

In the Launch
Michiel Bartman, with the Radcliffe lightweight crew team for the last two years, moved across the river on Sept 7, when he was announced as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew. An Olympic champion, a three-time Olympic medalist and a 15-year coaching veteran, Bartman improved the Black and White's performance in each of his first two seasons.

Last Season
Harvard completed its second-straight perfect collegiate season with the program's ninth national championship in 2013. The Crimson also won the lightweight four race for a sweep of the two lightweight events at the regatta. Harvard held off a surging Yale boat to finish the course in 5:54.221, just over one second ahead of the Bulldogs.

Up Next
Harvard will wrap its season at the IRA National Championships in New Jersey May 30-June 1.