No. 3 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Opens Spring Against No. 6 Cornell

No. 3 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Opens Spring Against No. 6 Cornell

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The third-ranked Harvard heavyweight crew seeks to build on last year's championship season and an outstanding fall campaign as it kicks off 2011 against No. 6 Cornell.

Racing Schedule
8:15 a.m. – Third varsity eight
8:45 a.m. – Freshman eight
9:15 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:45 a.m. – Varsity eight

The Course
The 2,000-meter course for Harvard and Radcliffe's home races begins in the Charles River Basin, roughly 100 meters upstream from the Longfellow Bridge and continues upstream until to the finish line just downstream of the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Popular spectator viewing areas include the finish line in front of the Hyatt and the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue) at the course's midpoint.

Watch From Home
All of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 are scheduled to be streamed on, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway.

Last Season
In a spring to remember, the 2010 Crimson heavyweights captured the program's 26th Eastern Sprints and Ivy League titles, swept the Harvard-Yale Regatta for the third straight year and captured the Ladies' Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta. The Harvard varsity went 7-1 in dual racing, suffering only a one-second loss to Brown, and placed fourth at the IRA National Championships.

The Harvard freshman eight, meanwhile, posted a perfect 7-0 dual record and captured an Eastern title of its own to help the Crimson claim the Rowe Cup as Sprints team champion. The second varsity eight earned a bronze medal at the IRA regatta.

History Lesson
Cornell and Harvard met for their first dual race since 1961 last season in Ithaca, N.Y. The Crimson opened the season with a five‑race sweep, taking the varsity race in 5:36.9, 4.4 seconds ahead of the Big Red. Harvard again topped Cornell in an Eastern Sprints heat, but the Big Red edged the Crimson by less than a second to claim IRA bronze.

Who's Back?
Six oarsmen from the 2010 Harvard varsity eight are racing again this spring: captain Anthony Locke, fellow senior David Wakulich and juniors Michael DiSanto, Matthew Edstein, Nick Jordan and Patrick Lapage.

In the Fall
The Crimson posted a second-place finish in the championship eights and a win in the club eights and claimed the MacMahon Cup for the most total points at the Head Of The Charles Regatta. Harvard took the top two spots in the Foot of the Charles, with the A four setting a course record of 12:46.415.