Crimson Heavyweights Meet Quakers, Mids on Schuylkill

The Harvard second varsity eight, shown wating for the start against Brown, seeks its fourth win.
The Harvard second varsity eight, shown wating for the start against Brown, seeks its fourth win.

The Harvard heavyweight crew travels to Philadelphia to take on Penn and Navy for the Adams Cup Saturday morning on the Schuylkill River.

Racing Schedule
8:50 a.m. – Freshman eight
9:10 a.m. –Varsity eight
9:30 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:50 a.m. – Third varsity eight
10:10 a.m. - Fourth varsity eight 

Follow From Home
Live audio of the racing will be available here. The broadcast will also be available by phone at (215) 399-2864.

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Chris Kingston, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Matthew Edstein, 6: Nick Jordan, 5: Michael Disanto, 4: David Wakulich, 3: Parker Washburn, 2: Anthony Locke, 1: James O'Connor

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: Justin Mundt, 6: Benjamin French, 5: Elihu Reynolds, 4: Phil Matthews, 3: Josh Hicks, 2: Jason Phillips, 1: JP Hogan

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Jack Morrissey, 7: Conner Griffith, 6: Mihailo Malowani, 5: Alex Soutter, 4: Alex Macintosh, 3: Andrew Hamm, 2: Andrew Stein, 1: David Paresky

Fourth Varsity Eight
Cox: Colby Wilkason, 8: Matt Vincent, 7: Eli Shikaloff, 6: William Polachek, 5: Nolan Pollock, 4: Nigel Munoz, 3: Andrew Safir, 2: Edward Winters Ronaldson, 1: Tom Hanson

Freshman Eight
Cox: William Hakim, 8: Andrew Holmes, 7: Jake Sobstyl, 6: Caspar Jopling, 5: Gregory Edwards, 4: Max Monfared, 3: Andrew Reed, 2: Ben Lynton, 1: Jamie Law-Smith

Last Time Out
The Crimson took four races from Princeton and won the Compton Cup for the fifth straight year Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. Harvard's varsity eight (3-0) won a back-and-forth battle by 1.2 seconds (video available here). The second and third varsity and freshman eights won by wider margins, with the Crimson rookies also defeating MIT.

Harvard has entered boats in 13 races within its three regattas this spring and has won each of those events. The Crimson last lost a dual event in last year's Adams Cup regatta on the Charles River, when Navy's second freshman eight finished first. Harvard has won 20 straight events within its dual regattas since then.

The Crimson varsity eight has defeated nine straight dual opponents and 24 of its last 25. The Harvard freshman eight has defeated 31 consecutive dual opponents since falling to Yale to close the 2006 season.

Last Season
Host Harvard won five of six races against the visiting Quakers and Midshipmen on the Charles River. The Crimson varsity eight finished about two seconds ahead of Navy and more than 12 ahead of Penn. The second varsity won by 9.3 seconds, and the freshman eight won by 3.8. Harvard's third varsity won by 7.2 seconds, and the fourth varsity finished three-tenths of a second behind runner-up Navy  in that same race. The Crimson raced a freshman four that defeated Penn by 23.2 seconds.

History Lesson
Harvard has won the Adams Cup in each of the last 11 seasons and has won the trophy 48 times, compared to 14 wins for Penn and 13 for Navy. This is the 76th rowing for the trophy, which was introduced in 1933 and is named for Charles Francis Adams, an 1888 Harvard graduate who became Secretary of the Navy.  The trophy was created in London in 1820.

Scouting the Opposition
Competing in conditions that eventually sunk a racing shell and caused the cancelation of the freshman races, the Penn varsity (2-3) finished second to host Yale, ahead of Columbia in last weekend's Blackwell Cup regatta. The defeat of the Lions avenged a loss to them a week earlier. The Quakers previously defeated George Washington and fell to Princeton.

Navy (2-2) opened the spring with dual wins against Georgetown and Holy Cross at the George Washington Invitational and followed with a defeat of Oxford University a day later. Facing Cornell and Syracuse last week, the Mids won two races but placed third in the varsity eight, 4.3 seconds back of the Orange and just 1.5 behind the host Big Red.