Compton Cup on the Line for No. 4 Heavyweight Crew

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 Harvard men's heavyweight crew team heads to New Jersey to take on Princeton and MIT in search of its 10th-straight Compton Cup. The undefeated squad is coming off a Stein Cup victory.

Boatings
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: Josh Bernstein; 5: Sean Vedrinelle; 4: Matt Carter; 3: Adam Janes; 2: Max Ferguson; Bow: Chase Buchholz

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Joanie Kim; Stroke: Ty Gill; 7: Phil Bates; 6: Achim Harzheim; 5: Craig Slater; 4: Sam Hardy; 3: Juri-Mikk Udam; 2: Eric Slater; Bow: James Green

Fourth Varsity
Coxswain: Tina Murphy; Stroke: Alexander Uruchurtu; 7: Pat Dowling; 6: Hyde Patterson; 5: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown; 4: Will Locke; 3: Stefano Belfiore; 2: Eli Davey; Bow: Al Muzaurieta

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

The Compton Cup
Harvard looks to make it 10-straight victories in the Compton Cup Saturday, as the Crimson has earned 13 wins over the last 14 races. Dating back to 1933, Harvard owns 62 Compton Cup wins over Princeton and MIT. Princeton has 14 victories, with its last coming in 2006, and MIT's only first-place finish was in 1962.

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers moved to 4-0 on the season Saturday by defeating No. 8 Penn and No. 18 Columbia. The Tigers won on Lake Carnegie in 6:03.8, while Penn finished second in 6:10.5. The Lions finished third in 6:16.2. Head coach Greg Hughes is in his sixth season. A season ago, he led Princeton to its best heavyweight season since 2006, when the Tigers earned bronze at Sprints and finished fourth in the IRA national final.

Scouting MIT
The Engineers captured the Donahue Cup Saturday, besting WPI and Williams College to record their first win in the event since 2009. MIT led through the first 1,000 meters before a crab allowed Williams to pull even. MIT fought back to take a three-second victory. Head coach Tony Kilbridge is in his ninth year as MIT's director of rowing and men's varsity heavyweight coach.

Running the Table
The Crimson V8 remains undefeated in dual races this season at 2-0 after finishing 8-0 a year ago. Harvard has not lost a head-to-head battle since April 10, 2010 at Brown (38-straight) and has won 52 of its last 53 duals.

Last Time Out
Harvard earned its fifth-straight Stein Cup, as the Crimson won all five races against Brown last Saturday on the Charles River. All crews dealt with massive head wind in the basin. The varsity eight, stroked by Charles Risbey and coxed by Jessi Izhakoff, posted a four-second win over the Bears, crossing in 6:34.8. It marked the 42nd Stein Cup win and seventh victory over the last 10 meetings. Brown crossed in 6:38.9.

In the Polls
Harvard heavies sits at No. 4 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll. Harvard owns 279 points and one first-place vote, but was edged out of the top-3 by Princeton. Washington ranks No. 1 (312 votes), followed by California (310 votes). Rounding out the top-five is Yale.

In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, is in 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.

Up Next
The Crimson continues on the road, heading to Maryland for the Adams Cup against Navy/Penn.