Compton Cup Next for No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Crew

Compton Cup Next for No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Crew

David Fuller, Parker Washburn, Andrew Holmes and Charles Risbey of the first varsity are pictured against Brown last weekend (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

Racing for the Compton Cup has been postponed (Updated April 19 at 3:40 p.m.)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The Harvard heavyweight crew will race for the Compton Cup when it travels to Princeton, N.J. The Crimson will race No. 5 Princeton and MIT at the regatta.

9:00 a.m. – Fourth Varsity vs. Princeton Fifth Varsity
9:20 a.m. – Third Varsity vs. Princeton Fourth Varsity
9:40 a.m. – First Freshman vs. Princeton Third Varsity
10:00 a.m. – Second Varsity vs. Princeton and MIT Second Varsities
10:20 a.m. – First Varsity vs. Princeton and MIT First Varsities

Harvard will use the same first and second varsity lineups as last weekend when it rows on the Charles Saturday. The remainder of the boatings are to be determined.

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

Last Time Out
Harvard claimed the Stein Cup for the third straight year and the Crimson won three of five races against Brown April 20 on the Charles River. Harvard improved to 40-9 against Brown all-time in Stein Cup races during the cold day with temperatures around 36 degrees and crosswinds from 8-12 miles per hour.
Related Link: No. 4 Harvard Heavyweight Crew Holds Off No. 3 Brown for Stein Cup

In the Rankings
Harvard moved up to No. 2 from No. 4 in the most recent USRowing Collegiate Poll, released April 17. Washington remained at No. 1 and received 12 of the 13 first-place votes this week, ahead of Harvard and Cal, which is tied with the Crimson for the No. 2 spot. Brown dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing to Harvard.
Related Link: USRowing Collegiate Polls

About No. 5 Princeton (Crew Page)
The Tigers have won three races this spring, including the Childs Cup over Ivy League foes Penn and Columbia in its last outing April 13. Princeton finished the Overpeck Lake course in 5:45.0, which was 2.5 seconds faster than Columbia and 11.2 quicker than Penn. The Tigers also own victories over Georgetown and Syracuse March 30 and Navy April 6.

About MIT (Crew Page)
MIT lost to Williams, 6:05.2-6:09.57, in its last varsity eight race April 13. The Engineers were racing on the Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., for the second straight weekend, as MIT's varsity eight had previously lost to Columbia, Dartmouth and Holy Cross April 6.  The last time MIT was on the Charles River, the crew swept Bates and Boston College March 30 during the season opener.

The Compton Cup
Harvard owns 60 Compton Cup wins over Princeton and MIT, including each of the last six, since the three crews first met in 1933. Princeton has 14 victories with its last coming in 2006 and MIT's only first-place finish was in 1962.
Related Link: Complete Compton 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
The Crimson returns to the Charles April 27 to face Penn and Navy in races that will be streamed live on (more information). The crews will compete for the Adams Cup, which Harvard has won 49 times in 76 tries dating back to 1928.