No. 3 Harvard Heavyweights, No. 7 Brown Clash Saturday on the Charles

No. 3 Harvard Heavyweights, No. 7 Brown Clash Saturday on the Charles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight crew takes on Ivy League rival Brown in a head-to-head matchup of the last two Eastern champions Saturday morning on the Charles River.

Racing  Schedule
10 a.m. – Varsity eight
10:24 a.m. – Second varsity eight
10:48 a.m. – Freshman eight
11 a.m.– Fourth varsity/second freshman eight
11:12 a.m. – Third 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.

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: Jack Morrissey, 1: JP Hogan

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

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

Fourth Varsity/Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Colby Wilkason, William Polachek, Nolan Pollock, Edward Winters Ronaldson, Eli Shikaloff, Patrick Duffy, A. Safir, Daniel Ranard, Tom Hanson

Last Time Out
The Crimson overcame challenging racing conditions caused by a strong headwind and early leads by Cornell in two of four races to sweep the Big Red on a windy Saturday morning on the Charles River.

The third-ranked Crimson varsity eight started its spring season with a 17.9-second victory, and the second and third varsities came from behind to win. Harvard's freshmen made an impressive collegiate debut, defeating Cornell's rookies by 14.3 seconds.

National Attention
Harvard remains third in this week's USRowing Collegiate Poll. Brown is ranked seventh.

Last Season
Brown defeated the Harvard varsity eight by one second on the Seekonk River, handing the Crimson its only loss in its last 22 dual matchups. The Bears built an eight-seat advantage in the third 500 meters before surviving a fierce Crimson sprint to win in 5:41.5. The Brown second and third varsities won by 2.1 and 3.2 seconds, respectively. The Harvard freshman eight cruised to a 12.3-second win, and the second freshmen beat Brown's combination boat by nearly five seconds.

The Crimson varsity finished 3.9 seconds ahead of the third-place Bears while winning the EARC Sprints grand final. Harvard's third varsity also avenged its dual-season loss to Brown at Sprints.

History Lesson
Ownership of the Stein Cup has alternated in each of the last six seasons, with the home team winning each time, but the Crimson owns a 37-9 overall edge in the cup series. Harvard had won five straight dual meetings against Brown before the Bears' half-second win in 2006 ended the Crimson's streak of 24 straight dual wins overall.

Harvard won the first 19 races for the Stein Cup as well as the seven documented meetings between the schools before the introduction of the trophy in 1965. Four of those races occurred in the 19th century, beginning with an 1859 race on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.