No. 3 Heavyweight Crew Opens Season 150 against Cornell

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its 150th season of competition, No. 3 Harvard heavyweight crew faces off against No. 9 Cornell Saturday on the Charles River. The race will not be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network due to potential weather in the area.

Racing Schedule

7:00 a.m.: V8
7:24 a.m.: 2V
7:48 a.m.: 1F
8:12 a.m.: 3V
8:36 a.m.: 4V/2F


First Varsity
Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff; Stroke: Charles Risbey; 7: James Medway; 6: James Croxford; 5: Max Meyer-Bosse; 4: Ross Jarvis; 3: James Johnston; 2: Andrew Emmett; Bow: Henry Kennelly

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Jack Smith; Stroke: Rory Glover; 7: Ed Rippon; 6: Max Ferguson; 5: Sean Vedrinelle; 4: Matt Carter; 3: Adam Janes; 2: Josh Bernstein; Bow: Achim Harzheim

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Joel Bateman; Stroke: Ty Gill; 7: Juri-Mikk Udam; 6: Sam Hardy; 5: Craig Slater; 4: William Locke; 3: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown; 2: Eric Slater; Bow: James Green

Fourth Varsity
Coxswain: Joanie Kim; Stroke: Alexander Uruchurtu; 7: Samuel Green; 6: Eli Davey; 5: Patrick Dowling; 4: Arthur Patterson; 3: Stefano Belfiore; 2: Aurelio Muzaurieta; Bow: Philip Bates 

First Freshman
Coxswain: Cole Durbin; Stroke: Ryan Rasmussen; 7: Travis Taaffe; 6: Alexander Richards; 5: Jack Kelley; 4: Dom Glover; 3: Conor Harrity; 2: Curtis McLeod; Bow: Ben Strathmore

Second Freshman
Coxswain: Jacqueline Goodman; Stroke: Max Moulton; 7: Charlie Gibson; 6: Sam Christenfeld; 5: Travis Anderson; 4: Eric Anderson; 3: Donovan Keene; 2: Jackson Reynolds; Bow: Dan Roman 

In the Polls
Harvard heavies sits at No. 3 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll. Harvard owns 243 points and one first-place vote. Washington ranks No. 1 (273 votes), followed by California (270 votes). Rounding out the top-five are Princeton and Yale.  

In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, begins his 30th season with the Harvard rowing program and second with the heavyweight men in 2014-15. The ninth coach in Harvard heavyweight crew history, Butt became just the fourth coach to lead the Crimson since 1946. Butt led the Crimson to a Sprints title and its seventh-straight sweep of Yale a season ago.   

Last Season
The 2015 Eastern Sprints champion, Harvard defeated Yale for the seventh-straight time and 14th over the last 15 years. The Crimson also finished fifth at the IRA National Championships.

Harvard-Cornell Series
Despite having two of the oldest rowing programs in the country, the Big Red and Crimson have rowed in head-to-head competition just 11 times, with a meeting during the 2010 season breaking a 49-year drought. Harvard has earned four-consecutive victories (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) to hold a 7-4 lead in the series. Cornell won the first two meetings in the series in 1947 and 1948, as well as the last meetings previous to the 2010 revival in 1952 and 1961. 

Scouting Cornell
The Big Red will open the season this weekend against Harvard, also racing against George Washington. Led by Todd Kennett in his seventh season with the Big Red, Cornell finished eighth at the IRA Championships a year ago. Cornell also placed seventh at the Eastern Sprints. 

Up Next
Harvard looks to defend the Stein Cup next weekend against Brown.