No. 5 Heavyweight Crew Heads to Annapolis in Search of Adams Cup

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard men's heavyweight crew heads to Annapolis, Maryland to take on Navy and Penn in search of its 17th-straight Adams Cup.

Race Schedule
7:45 First Varsity (Adams Cup)
8:15 Second Varsity
8:45 First Freshmen
9:15 Third Varsity
9:45 Fourth Varsity (with Navy 5V/2F Heavyweight)

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

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Jack Smith; Stroke: Chase Buchholz; 7: Josh Bernstein; 6: Matt Carter; 5: Ed Rippon; 4: Andrew Emmett; 3: Sean Vedrinelle; 2: Max Ferguson; Bow: Adam Janes

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

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

The Adams Cup
The crews will compete for the Adams Cup Saturday, which Harvard has won 51 times in 78 tries dating back to 1928. The Crimson has won 16-straight trophies since 1999, when Penn edged the Crimson. Last year, Harvard edged the Mids by just under two seconds, while the Quakers were open water behind.

Scouting Navy
Navy was last in action at Syracuse with Cornell in search of the Goes Cup. The Mids finished ahead of the Orange, and within one second of the Big Red, but could not recapture the trophy. Head coach Rob Friedrich graduated from Rutgers in 1997, four years after Harvard's Charley Butt. Friedrich is in his third season at the helm of the Mids.

Scouting Penn
In its last outing, the Penn V8 came up just short in the Blackwell Cup race, finishing second to Yale. The Bulldogs won by 4.3 seconds. The runner-up finish is the best result for the Quakers since taking second in 2011. For the second week in a row, the Red and Blue were better than the Lions, reaching the finish line 2.9 seconds ahead of Columbia. Head coach Greg Myhr, in his fourth season at Penn, led the Quakers to a 17th-place finish at IRA's a year ago.

Nearly Perfect
The Crimson V8 remains sits at 3-1 in dual races this season after finishing 8-0 a year ago. Harvard has won 53 of its last 55 duals dating back to April 12, 2008.

Last Time Out
No. 4 Harvard men's heavyweight crew team dropped four races to Princeton last Saturday morning at Lake Carnegie, besting MIT in the varsity eight race. The Tigers halted a nine-race Crimson win streak in the series and a 38-race overall win streak.

In the Polls
Harvard heavies sits at No. 5 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll, down a spot from No. 4. Harvard owns 246 points. California took over the No. 1 spot with nine first-place votes, followed by Washington, Princeton and 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
Harvard will be back on the Charles next weekend for the Smith Cup against Northeastern.