Final Tune-Up for No. 4 Heavyweight Crew vs. Northeastern

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

The Crimson looks for its 17th-straight Smith Cup in the race against the Huskies.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Unbeaten over the last 34 dual competitions, No. 4 Harvard heavyweight crew will race Northeastern on the Charles River Saturday morning starting at 7:24 a.m. The varsity eight boat will try for its 17th-straight Smith Cup at 9 a.m. The entire event can be watched live here.

Racing Schedule
7:24 a.m. – 5V/1F
7:48 a.m. – 4V
8:12 a.m. – 3V
8:36 a.m. - 2V
9:00 a.m. – V8 (Smith 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: Alex Uruchurtu; Stroke: Rob Rasmussen; Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff

Fourth Varsity
Bow: Al Muzaurieta; 2: James Bollinger; 3: Eli Davey; 4: Nick Gavin; 5: Pat Dowling; 6: Rob Ledniczky; 7: James Green; Stroke: Jeff Rogers; Cox: Jack Smith

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

In the Polls
Harvard dropped to No. 4 this week in the USRowing poll with 244 points. The Crimson was edged out of the top-three by Yale (245 points). Washington – who garnered all 14 first-place votes – moved into the top spot and California bumped down to No. 2 with 266 points. Harvard started the season at No. 1 and spent the first three weeks ahead of the field before dropping to No. 3.

Running the Table
The Crimson V8 remains undefeated in dual races this season at 6-0. Harvard has not lost a head-to-head battle since April 10, 2010 at Brown (34-straight) and has won 48 of its last 49 duals.

Scouting Northeastern
The Huskies (3-2) last competed on April 19, dropping a seven-second decision against Brown on the Charles River. A fast NU start could not be maintained as the Bears extended a one-length lead by the midway point and held on to win by open water.

The Charlie Smith Cup
Winners of 22 Smith Cups, including 16-straight, Harvard has won 31 of 34 races in the series against Northeastern. Starting in 1989, the trophy is named for Charlie Smith, a boatman at Harvard for 10 years and at Northeastern for five.

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
Harvard will be off for two weeks preparing for the EARC Sprints May 18. The Crimson has won four-straight Rowe Cups and 33 overall.