No. 3 Brown, No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Race for Stein Cup Saturday

No. 3 Brown, No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Race for Stein Cup Saturday

The varsity eight is pictured at the 2012 Head of the Charles Regatta (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Harvard heavyweight crew is back on the Charles River Saturday morning for five races against Brown starting at 7:42 a.m. The Crimson and Bears will compete with the Stein Cup on the line.

7:42 a.m. - 4V/2F
8:06 a.m. - 3V
8:30 a.m. - 1F
8:54 a.m. - 2V
9:18 a.m. - 1V

First Varsity
Coxswain: David Fuller; Stroke: Parker Washburn; 7: Andrew Holmes; 6: Charles Risbey; 5: Vincent Breet; 4: Andrew Reed; 3: Josh Hicks; 2: James O'Connor; Bow: James Medway

Second Varsity
Coxswain: William Hakim; Stroke: Justin Mundt; 7: Gregory Edwards; 6: Max Meyer-Bosse; 5: Alex Macintosh; 4: Andrew Emmett; 3: Ed Rippon; 2: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown; Bow: Ryan Furey

First Freshmen
Coxswain: Don Kim; Stroke: Rory Glover; 7: James Croxford; 6: Craig Slater; 5: Jay Ditmarsch; 4: Robert Rasmussen; 3: Adam Janes; 2: Achim Harzheim; Bow: Abi Polinsky

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Brittanie Maxwell; Stroke: Hyde Patterson; 7: Owen Prunskis; 6: Eric Slater; 5: Stefano Belfiore; 4: Alex Uruchurtu; 3: James Green; 2: Mick Malowany; Bow: Nick Jaroszewicz

Fourth Varsity
Coxswain: Jack Smith; Stroke: Matt Vincent; 7: Eli Shikaloff; 6: Will Locke; 5: Robert Ledniczky; 4: Taylor Barker; 3: William Polachek; 2: Andrew Crown; Bow: Jack Freese

Parking Notice
With many events taking place on the Harvard Athletics campus this weekend, expect parking at the athletics complexes to be scarce. Harvard will charge for parking around Harvard Stadium and in the remaining lots on the athletics campus. 

Last Time Out

The Harvard heavyweight crew opened the 2013 spring season with impressive results against Cornell April 6 on the Charles River. With an increasingly challenging chop and temperatures hovering barely above 30, the Crimson took three of the four contested races from the Big Red. Harvard's two varsity boats cruised past Cornell to highlight the day. The Crimson second varsity won by 12.4 seconds, before Harvard's first varsity notched a 20.6-second victory. The Crimson's two best lineups finished the course in 6:44.3 and 6:16.3, respectively.
Related Link: Harvard Heavyweight Crew Outpaces Cornell on the Charles

In the Rankings
Harvard was ranked No. 4 in the April 10 edition of the USRowing Collegiate Poll. The Crimson was behind No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Cal and No. 3 Brown. Harvard had previously been No. 4 and received one first-place vote in the April 3 rankings. 
Related Link: USRowing Collegiate Poll

No. 3 Brown (Team Page)
Brown came into the season ranked No. 2, but dropped its last outing by three seconds to No. 1 Washington in Seattle April 6. Brown and Washington stayed even for the first 1,000 meters, before the Huskies made their move with 750 meters to go on the course that was shortened due to harsh conditions. The Bears held steady as Washington took the lead before the final 300 meters when the Huskies gained an open-water lead to win 5:12.68 to 5:15.97. Brown previously defeated Boston University and Yale on its home course in Providence, R.I., to start the season.

The Stein Cup
Harvard holds a 39-9 lead over Brown in Stein Cup races, including back-to-back wins, since the cup started in 1965. The Crimson won the first 19 times, as well as the seven documented meetings between the schools before the introduction of the trophy, before Brown finally took a race in 1984. Four of those races occurred in the 19th century, beginning with an 1859 race on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
Related Link: Complete Stein Cup Results

In the Fall

The Crimson nearly earned its second straight win in the Head of the Charles championship eights event, a feat Harvard has never accomplished, before placing second at the most prestigious regatta of the fall. Harvard was clipped by Washington's top boat, which finished five seconds quicker than the Crimson. Harvard completed the three-mile course on the Charles River in 14:42.35, topping the U.S. National Team, which was heavily penalized, and finished well ahead of many Ivy crews in the process. Harvard, which had more heavyweight men racing in the event than any other team, also received top-ten results in the championship fours and club eights. 

Last Season
The varsity eight and second varsity eight placed third in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships grand final June 2 on the Cooper River. The varsity locked up the Crimson's second straight top-three national finish, and the second varsity medaled for the third straight year. Harvard rowed in four grand finals, with the freshman eight finishing fifth after being slowed by interference from geese on the course. The open four placed fourth, and the varsity four was second in its petite final.
Related Link: Harvard Heavyweight Crew Places Third at IRA National Championships 

Alumni Update
Two former Harvard rowers, Malcom Howard '05 and Sam O'Connor '12, helped Oxford win the 159th edition of The 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race March 31. Debuting in 1829, The Boat Race, which pits Oxford versus Cambridge, is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. Ben French '11 also rowed in Oxford's Isis boat, which topped Cambridge's Goldie. In another Harvard connection, Wayne Pommen '02 commentated the race for BBC. 
Related Link: Howard '05, O'Connor '12 Help Oxford over Cambridge in The 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race

Up Next
Harvard is at Princeton, N.J. next Saturday to compete for the Compton Cup against the Tigers and MIT. The Crimson returns to the Charles April 27 to face Penn and Navy in races that will be streamed live on (more information).