No. 7 Cornell
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 5 Harvard men's heavyweight crew heads to Ithaca, New York to open its 2016 season against No. 7 Cornell. The racing will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Varsity Eight: Cole Durbin (coxswain), Conor Harrity (stroke), James Croxford (7), James Johnston (6), Ross Jarvis (5), Achim Harzheim (4), Sean Vedrinelle (3), Sam Hardy (2), Arthur Doyle (bow)
Second Varsity: Jacqueline Goodman (coxswain), Liam Corrigan (stroke), Travis Taaffe (7), Alexander Richards (6), Sam Meijer (5), Henry Kennelly (4), Ben Strathmore (3), Adam Janes (2), Max Ferguson (bow)
In the Polls
The Crimson sits at No. 5 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll. Washington and Yale sit in a tie for No. 1 (231 votes), but UW holds the edge in first-place tallies, 7-5. Cal and Princeton sit No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Harvard went 6-2 last season and finished fifth at both the Eastern Sprints and IRA National Championships.
The Big Red opened its season at the Ithaca College Invitational, winning nine of 10 races on the day. The varsity eight took down Michigan by over 11 seconds. Head coach Todd Kennett enters his eighth season at the helm of the heavyweights after 10 seasons as the lightweight rowing coach.
Despite having two of the oldest rowing programs in the country, the Big Red and Crimson have rowed in head-to-head competition just 12 times, with a meeting during the 2010 season breaking a 49-year drought. Harvard has earned five-consecutive victories (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) to hold an 8-4 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.
In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, begins his 31st season with the Harvard rowing program and third with the heavyweight men in 2015-16.
The Crimson travels to Providence, Rhode Island next weekend to face Brown in search of the Stein Cup.