No. 5 Heavyweight Crew Meets Northeastern Saturday

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With one final tune-up before postseason action, No. 5 Harvard men's heavyweight crew will face off against Northeastern Saturday, May 2 on the Charles River. Racing will start at 7:36 a.m. Northeastern will be streaming the event here.

Race Schedule
8:15 a.m. – Varsity four
8:30 a.m. – Third varsity eight
8:45 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:00 a.m. – Varsity eight

First Varsity
Coxswain: Jack Smith; Stroke: Chase Buchholz; 7: James Medway; 6: Charles Risbey; 5: Max Meyer-Bosse; 4: Ross Jarvis; 3: James Johnston; 2: James Croxford; Bow: Rory Glover

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Jessi Izhakoff; Stroke: Henry Kennelly; 7: Matt Carter; 6: Max Ferguson; 5: Ed Rippon; 4: Andrew Emmett; 3: Sean Vedrinelle; 2: Juri Mikk-Udam; 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: Stefano Belfiore; 4: Craig Slater; 3: Sam Hardy; 2: James Green; Bow: Eric Slater

Varsity Four A
Coxswain: Tina Murphy; Stroke: Alexander Uruchurtu; 3: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown; 2: Eli Davey; 1: Pat Dowling

Varsity Four B
Coxswain: Charlie Zhang; Stroke: Sam Green; 3: Will Locke; 2: Hyde Patterson; 1: Al Muzaurieta

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

The Charlie Smith Cup
Winners of 23 Smith Cups, including 17-straight, Harvard has won 32 of 35 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.

Scouting Northeastern
Northeastern enters the race ranked seventh in the USRowing Collegiate Poll, and will follow the race with a trip to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the No. 15 Badgers Sunday. In its last outing, the Huskies faced a five-seat deficit entering the final stages of the race, but fought all the way back in the final 500 meters to knock off No. 6 Brown and claim the Dreissigacker Cup. Head coach John Pojednic is in his 15 season at the helm of NU.

HVH Wins
The Crimson V8 remains sits at 5-1 in dual races this season after finishing 8-0 a year ago. Harvard has won 55 of its last 57 duals dating back to April 12, 2008.

Last Time Out
For the 17th-straight year, the Crimson took home the Adams Cup with a varsity eight win over then-No. 11 Navy and No. 8 Penn. This year's edition was no easy task, as the Crimson finished ahead of the Mids by just three feet. The Clothier Trophy, given to the team who accumulates the most points for all five races, will also come back to Cambridge, as Harvard was ahead of Navy and Penn in all five events.

In the Polls
Harvard heavies sits at No. 5 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll for the second-straight week. Harvard owns 254 points. California took over the No. 1 spot with 16 first-place votes a week ago, followed by Washington, Yale and Princeton.

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 will take a week off before heading to the Eastern Sprints May 17 in Worcester, Massachusetts.