Adams Cup on the Line Saturday for No. 3 Heavyweight Crew

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

The Crimson looks to stay undefeated in dual racing vs. No. 13 Penn, No. 9 Navy.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 3 Harvard heavyweight crew heads to Philadelphia this weekend in search of its 51st Adams Cup victory over No. 13 Penn and No. 9 Navy. The undefeated squad is coming off its eighth-straight Compton Cup victory over No. 4 Princeton and MIT last Saturday.

Racing Schedule
9:00 a.m. - 2F8
9:30 a.m. - 3V8
10:00 a.m. – F8
10:30 a.m. - 2V8
10:50 a.m. – V8 (Adams Cup)

First Varsity
Bow: Peter Scholle; 2: James Medway; 3: Andrew Reed; 4: Rory Glover; 5: Vincent Breet; 6: Max Meyer Bosse; 7: Greg Edwards; 8: Andy Holmes; Coxswain: Will Hakim

Second Varsity
Bow: Achim Harzheim; 2: Craig Slater; 3: Jay Ditmarsch; 4: Josh Bernstein; 5: Adam Janes; 6: Andrew Emmett; 7: Ben Lynton; Stroke: James Croxford; Coxswain: Brittanie Maxwell 

Third Varsity
Bow: Eric Slater; 2: Nick Jaroszewicz; 3: Stefano Belfiore; 4: Peter Lehner, 5: Jon Young; 6: Morgan Bean; 7: Jeff Rogers; Stroke: Rob Rasmussen; Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff

First Freshman
Bow: Ross Jarvis; 2: Sean Vedrinelle; 3: Phil Bates; 4: Juri-Mikk Udam; 5: James Johnston; 6: Henry Kennelly; 7: Matt Carter; 8: Chase Buchholz; Coxswain: Joel Bateman

Second Freshman
Bow: Sam Green; 2: Jake Stepansky; 3: Will Sack; 4: Tim McNamara; 5: James Zatsiorsky; 6: Al Muzaurieta; 7: Eli Davey; Stroke: James Bollinger; Cox: Tina Murphy

In the Polls
Despite remaining undefeated this season, Harvard heavies remain at No. 3 in the USRowing poll this week with 308 points. California (334) and Washington (326) sit atop the standings. Princeton ranks fourth, while Yale sits at fifth overall. The Crimson started the season at No. 1 and spent the first three weeks ahead of the field.

Running the Table
The Crimson V8 remains undefeated in dual races this season at 4-0. Harvard has not lost a head-to-head battle since April 10, 2010 at Brown (32-straight) and has won 46 of its last 47 duals.

Scouting Penn
The No. 13 Quakers' varsity eight (4-3) finished third at the Blackwell Cup a week ago, falling to Yale by open water and edged out by Columbia. Greg Myhr, the Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach, is in the midst of his fourth year with Penn.

Scouting Navy
No. 9 Navy won three of five races against Cornell and Syracuse last Saturday, but could not retain the Goes Trophy in the varsity eight event against the Big Red. Navy (4-2) broke out to an early lead, but Cornell stormed back to finish 3.3 seconds ahead of the Mids. In his 13th season with Navy, Rob Friedrich entered his second season as the head coach of the heavies in 2013-14. Last year, the Midshipmen finished ninth at the IRA Championships.  

The Adams Cup
The crews will compete for the Adams Cup Saturday, which Harvard has won 50 times in 77 tries dating back to 1928. The Crimson has won 14-straight trophies since 1999, when Penn edged the Crimson. Last year, Harvard won by open water on the Charles, finishing in 5:39.7, as Penn (5:47.9) and Navy (5:49.6) battled for second.

In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, begins his 29th season with the Harvard rowing program and first with the heavyweight men in 2013-14. The ninth coach in Harvard heavyweight crew history, Butt becomes just the fourth coach to lead the Crimson since 1946.

Last Season
Harvard secured a silver medal at the IRA national championship regatta a year ago, wrapping the season with a decisive victory over Yale and taking home The Visitors' Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Up Next
The Crimson returns to the Charles for the Smith Cup, a battle against local foe Northeastern.