No. 5 Heavyweight Crew Seeks to Reclaim Eastern Sprints Title

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard heavyweight crew team will look to reclaim the Rowe Cup at the 2016 EARC Sprints held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts this weekend as it seeks its 35th title amongst an 18-team field. The entire championship will be live streamed here.

Race Schedule
Heats
8:00 a.m. –Fourth Varsity Eight   
8:50 a.m. –Third Varsity Eight   
9:12 a.m. –First Varsity Eight   
10:12 a.m. –Second Varsity Eight   

Grand Finals 
1:12 p.m. –Fifth Varsity Eight Grand Finals
1:36/1:48 p.m. –Fourth Varsity Eight Petite/Grand
2:45/3:00 p.m. –Third Varsity Eight Petite/Grand
4:00/4:15 p.m. –Second Varsity Eight Petite/Grand
5:15/5:30 p.m. –First Varsity Eight Petite/Grand

Boatings
First Varsity
Coxswain: Cole Durbin; Stroke: Jack Kelley, 7 James Croxford, 6 Conor Harrity, 5 Alexander Richards, 4 James Johnston, 3 Ross Jarvis, 2 Sam Hardy, Bow: Arthur Doyle

Second Varsity
Coxwain: Jaqueline Goodman; Stroke: Liam Corrigan, 7 Lars Lorch, 6 Henry Kennelly, 5 Sam Meijer, 4 Ryan Rasmussen, 3 Achim Harzheim, 2 Adam Janes, Bow: Travis Taaffe

Third Varsity
Coxwain: Jennie Kunes; Stroke: Dom Glover, 7 Benj Cohen, 6 James Clarke, 5 Pat Dowling, 4 Sean Vedrinelle, 3 Phil Bates, 2 Curtis McLeod, Bow: Ben Strathmore

Fourth Varsity
Coxwain: Maddie Zabriskie; Stroke: Chase Buchholz, 7 Carter Dickinson, 6 Tom Marshall, 5 Max Ferguson, 4 David Fleming, 3 Juri Udam, 2 Owen Borges, Bow: James Green

Fifth Varsity
Coxwain: Jacob Russell; Stroke: Ty Gill, 7 Travis Anderson, 6 Jack Lane, 5 Niels Laurberg, 4 Scott DeAngelo, 3 Thomas Hlebowicz, 2 Chris Fenaroli, Bow: Michael Yuan

In the Polls
The Crimson ranks 5 in this week's USRowing collegiate poll after winning the Smith Cup. Yale holds the No. 1 slot, followed by Cal, Princeton, and Washington.  

March 24

5

March 30

5

April 7

6

April 14

5

April 21

5

April 28

May 12

5

5

Last Time Out
In its final race of the season on the Charles River, Harvard cruised past Northeastern to secure its 19th-straight Smith Cup and 25th overall April 30. The varsity eight edged the Huskies for its 34th win in the all-time series, while the second and third varsity rolled to open water wins.

Harry Parker Cup
Starting two seasons ago, 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 in 2014.

Seedings
The Crimson varsity eight enters the weekend seeded third behind Princeton and Yale, while narrowing out Brown and BU. The second varsity will test its undefeated mark as it holds the top seed ahead of Princeton and Yale. Harvard's third varsity sits behind Princeton and Brown and the fourth varsity earned the fifth seed.

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 66 of the 70 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, '15

HVH Wins
The Crimson V8 remains sits at 6-1 in dual races for the second-straight season. Harvard has won 62 of its last 65 duals dating back to April 12, 2008.

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 12 times in the 70-year history of Sprints and seven 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.

Last Season at Sprints
The varsity eight fell short of a sixth-straight Rowe Cup, crossing the finish line fifth, while the freshmen pulled away late in its grand final to notch Harvard's lone victory in a final on the day.   

In the Launch
Charley Butt, the Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men's Heavyweight Crew, is in the midst of his 31st season with the Harvard rowing program and third with the heavyweight men in 2015-16.

Up Next
Harvard will head to New Jersey for the IRA National Championships at Mercer Lake.