No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Crew to See No. 4 Northeastern on the Charles Saturday

No. 2 Harvard Heavyweight Crew to See No. 4 Northeastern on the Charles Saturday

Harvard's first varsity races against Brown and Navy April 27 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Harvard heavyweight crew will race Northeastern on the Charles River Saturday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. The Crimson and Huskies' first varsities will compete for the Smith Cup and there will also be four other races.

7:40 a.m. – 5V4+
8:00 a.m. – 4V4+
8:20 a.m. – 3V
8:40 a.m. – 2V
9:00 a.m. – 1V (Smith Cup)

Watch at Home
Northeastern will offer a free live video stream of Saturday's races. To access the video, click here.

Last Time Out
Harvard's No. 2-ranked first varsity won its 14th straight Adams Cup over No. 9 Navy and No. 15 Penn last Saturday morning on the Charles River. Harvard also won the second varsity and first freshman races during the regatta that featured five contests. The Crimson claimed the Adams Cup after gaining a two-seat lead off of the start of the first varsity race, the last of the day for Harvard.  The Crimson stretched its lead to eight seats by the 900-meter mark and continued to control the race through the Mass. Ave. bridge. Harvard gained an open-water advantage after 1,200 meters and comfortably closed out Penn and Navy in the remainder of the race. The Crimson clocked in at 5:39.7, while Penn held off Navy, 5:47.9-5:49.6, for second place.
Related Link: Harvard Heavyweight Crew Wins Three Races Against Penn, Navy; No. 2 First Varsity Retains Adams Cup
Related Video: Harvard Heavyweight Rowing vs. Penn and Navy – Varsity 8

In the Rankings
Harvard is No. 2 in the USRowing Collegiate Poll with Cal and only behind No. 1 Washington. The Huskies garnered all 12 first-place votes on their way to the top spot. Cal is No. 3 and Northeastern comes in at No. 4, followed by Ivy League foes No. 5 Brown and No. 6 Princeton. Yale fell from No. 7 to No. 11 in this week's poll.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Poll

About Northeastern (Crew Page)
NU is ranked No. 4 and has a perfect 5-0 record this spring. Northeastern beat then-No. 4 Brown in Providence, R.I., last weekend after leading from start to finish. The race was tight throughout, but the Huskies held off Brown for a 0.4 second win to claim the Dreissigacker Cup.

The Smith Cup
The Crimson has won 21 of the 24 races for the Smith Cup, including each of the last 15. The trophy is named for Charlie Smith, a boatman at Harvard for 10 years and at Northeastern for five.
Related Link: Complete Smith 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 

Up Next
Harvard travels to Worcester, Mass., May 19 for EARC Sprints. The Crimson also take part in the IRA National Championships May 31 in Sacramento, Calif., and race Yale in the 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta June 9.