No. 5 Heavyweight Crew Looks to Defend Eastern Sprints Title

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The Crimson is looking for its sixth-straight Rowe Cup victory, a streak that would break the longest in program history.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing against one of the most competitive fields in the history of the event, No. 5 Harvard heavyweight crew heads to Worcester, Massachusetts and Lake Quinsigamond for the 2015 EARC Sprints. The Crimson is looking for its sixth-straight Rowe Cup and 35th overall. The entire event can be watched live here.

Race Schedule Full Schedule
8:10 a.m. – Fourth varsity
9 a.m. – Third varsity eight
9:36 a.m. – Varsity eight
10:36 a.m. – Second varsity eight
1 p.m. – Second freshman/fifth varsity grand final
3 p.m. – Freshman eight grand final  

Boatings
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: Craig Slater; 4: Stefano Belfiore; 3: Sam Hardy; 2: James Green; Bow: Eric Slater

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

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

Harry Parker Cup
Starting last year, the winner of the varsity eight race will be awarded the Harry Parker Cup, a trophy picked out by the legendary Harvard coach and donated by the Friends of Harvard and Radcliffe Rowing. Fittingly, the Crimson took home the inaugural Harry Parker Cup a season ago.   

Seedings
The Crimson varsity eight enters the weekend seeded third behind Yale and Princeton. Harvard is ahead of BU and Northeastern in the EARC poll. The first freshman boat is the lone boat to be favored headed into the weekend, besting Wisconsin and Cornell who round out the top three. The second varsity ranks fourth overall behind Princeton and Yale.

Rowe Cup History
The Harvard seniors will look to become the sixth group to win four-straight Rowe Cups. Previous four-time winners include the classes of 1967, '75, '76, 2013 and '14. A win would mark the first time in program history that the Crimson has won five in a row and break the streak held by the 1972-76 crews.  

Rowe Cup Titles (34) - 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Heavyweight History
Harvard has swept the three major heavyweight divisions at Eastern Sprints six times (1945, '65, '85, '90, 2004, '11). Only four other times has one school swept all three races: 1952 (Navy), '79 (Yale), '94 (Brown) and 2009 (Brown). Harvard has won two of the three races on 16 occasions. The Crimson has advanced to the varsity grand final in 65 of the 69 years racing at Sprints. Harvard has won five of the six major events six times.

Harvard's Major Heavyweight Sprints Championships
Varsity eight: 1947, '48, '49, '59, '64, '65, '66, '67, '68, '69, '70, '74, '75, '76, '77, '80, '83, '85, '88, '89, '90, 2003, '04, '05, '07, '10, '11, '13, '14  
Second varsity eight: 1947, '49, '64, '65, '66, '69, '72, '73, '74, '75, '78, '85, '86, '90, '93, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '11
Freshman eight: 1949, '50, '55, '58, '63, '65, '67, '72, '76, '80, '83, '84, '85, '86, '90, '99, 2001, '02, '04, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13

HVH Wins
The Crimson V8 remains sits at 6-1 in dual races this season after finishing 8-0 a year ago. Harvard has won 56 of its last 58 duals dating back to April 12, 2008.

Last Time Out
Harvard topped then-No. 7 Northeastern for the 18th-straight year, winning the Smith Cup after a two-second win over the Huskies May 2 on the Charles River. 

In the Polls
Harvard heavies sits at No. 5 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll for the fourth-straight week. Harvard owns 235 points. California took over the No. 1 spot April 22, followed by Washington, Yale and Princeton.

Ivy Implications
The top-finishing Ivy League varsity eights in the heavy and light divisions will win the Ivy title. The Harvard heavyweights have earned 29 Ancient Eight crowns since 1957, while the lightweights have won 26.

Gold Standard
Only 11 times in the 69-year history of Sprints and six times since 1957 has Harvard failed to win at least one major grand final. In one of those seasons (1981), the Crimson did not compete due to exams. In two others (heavyweight in 1992, lightweight in 2009), Harvard won a team cup despite not coming away with a gold medal.

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 heads to the IRA National Championships May 29-31 at Mercer Lake.