Heavyweight Crew Ready for 151st Harvard-Yale Regatta Sunday

Heavyweight Crew Ready for 151st Harvard-Yale Regatta Sunday

Harvard's heavyweights will look to top Yale Sunday in the 151st H-Y Regatta (Zack Williamson).

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - College sports' oldest rivals and a pair of Eastern Sprints varsity grand finalists take part in their 151st head-to-head clash at the Harvard-Yale Regatta Sunday, June 12. Yale is looking for its second-straight win over Harvard for the first time since a four-peat by the Elis from 1981-84. Harvard is looking to spoil Yale's perfect record and win for the 15th time over the last 17 years.

This rivalry dates back over 150 years ago to a two-mile race, won by Harvard, held August 3, 1852 on Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire. To this day, it is the longest running intercollegiate rivalry and one of the richest in tradition.

Schedule
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Combination Race – 5 p.m.
Two-mile course, downstream, Bartlett's Cove to Mamacoke Hill 

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Freshman/Third Varsity Race – 2:45 p.m.
Two-mile course, upstream, Mamacoke Hill to Bartlett's Cove

Second Varsity Race – 3:30 p.m.
Three-mile course, upstream, Coast Guard Academy to Bartlett's Cove

Varsity Race – 4:30 p.m.
Four-mile course, upstream, Gold Star Bridge to Bartlett's Cove  

Watch Live
All the Harvard-Yale Regatta action will once again be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Last year, over 1,300 viewers in 29 countries watched on the ILDN. Gregg Stone and Andy Card will once again be on the call, giving viewers insight from the water.

Probable Boatings
First Varsity
Coxswain: Jacqueline Goodman; Stroke: Ross Jarvis; 7: Connor Harrity; 6: Alexander Richards; 5: James Johnston; 4: James Croxford; 3: Sam Hardy; 2: Arthur Doyle; Bow: Jack Kelley

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Cole Durbin; 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
Coxswain: Jennie Kunes; Stroke Dom Glover; 7: Benj Cohen; 6: James Clarke; 5: Max Ferguson; 4: Sean Vedrinelle; 3: Phil Bates; 2: Curtis McLeod; Bow: Ben Strathmore

Combination Race
Coxswain: Maddie Zabriskie; Stroke: Chase Buchholz, 7: Carter Dickinson; 6: Tom Marshall; 5: Juri-Mikk Udam; 4: David Fleming; 3: Pat Dowling; 2: Owen Borges; Bow: James Green

About the Race

While most races are 2,000 meters in length, the Crimson and Eli varsities depart from that "sprint" distance to battle along a four-mile playing field which presents a true test of each oarsman's endurance, character and strength. The varsity race is the longest of its kind in America and three times the distance of a normal race. (Each crew will take approximately 700 strokes to complete the course). The two-mile combination and third varsity races and three-mile second varsity contest are nearly as exhausting.

This year's racing will be held in June for the fourth-straight year and to the upstream course on the Thames River for the third-consecutive year. The combination event is slated for Saturday evening, and Sunday's first race pits Harvard against Yale in the third varsity eight event.

Varsity Season Recap
Heading into the IRA National Championships, the Elis are looking to build off its first back-to-back Eastern Sprints victories since 1982, while Harvard is hoping to rebound from a fourth-place finish to post a strong showing at the national championship regatta. The Crimson returns three rowers from the 2015 crew: Ross Jarvis, James Johnston and captain James Croxford. Croxford is the lone senior in the V8 boat. Across the board, Harvard has five seniors in its top four boats. With the full integration of freshmen this year, the Crimson sport one rookie – Arthur Doyle – in its top boat and three in the second varsity that won the Eastern Sprints title. For the first time in three years, Yale will have seniors in its top boat with Chris Carothers and Hubert Trzybinski making their third and fourth appearances at H-Y, respectively. The Eli crew will also have four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. 

Harvard owns a 7-1 dual record and finished fourth at Sprints. Princeton got the best of the Crimson for the second-straight year in the Compton Cup April 16. This marks the third-straight year that Yale is undefeated heading into the IRA National Championships, but the first time since 1982 that the Elis also posted back-to-back wins at the Eastern Sprints. Yale's closest race came in Princeton, New Jersey, as the varsity eight upended Princeton by 2.1 seconds to take home the Carnegie Cup.

The Varsity Race

For the first time since 2007, Yale bested Harvard a year ago, crossing 17 seconds in front of the Crimson in the 150th Harvard-Yale Regatta on the Thames River. Yale set the upstream record with a time of 18:35.0 on a perfect day for rowing, besting Harvard's time from 1995 of 18:41.9. The Elis came out strong, building up to a five-seat lead by the half-mile mark. Yale lengthened its lead to open water with one mile gone and did not show signs of slowing down. At Mamacoke Hill, Yale was up 16 seconds. The Crimson made a final move, seeming to cut into the Yale lead, but could not overtake the men in blue, crossing in 18:52.6. 

The Second Varsity Race
In the second varsity, Harvard took the early lead, fighting off Yale with a two-seat advantage off the start. Making a move with 2:45 gone, the Crimson had a five-seat advantage by the three-minute mark. Yale was waiting for its chance, making a move after the first half-mile to close the gap and take the lead near Mamacoke Hill. The Elis posted a 4.2 second victory in the closest event of the day.

Harvard's 2V remains undefeated in dual racing this season and won its first Sprints title since 2011. Yale, which posted a 5-1 overall record, was seven seconds behind the Crimson at the EARC Sprints.

The Freshman/Third Varsity Race
The Crimson has won nine straight H-Y freshman/third varsity races and 13 in 14 years. Last year's race saw Harvard defeat Yale by 4.4 seconds. The Crimson pulled hard early, pushing out to a half-length lead by the first half-mile. Harvard extended its lead to three-quarters of a boat and settled in over the middle of the race. At the rock, the 3V owned an open-water lead and held back a Yale push over the final 20 strokes.

At Sprints, the Crimson boat came in second, just 1.1 seconds behind the Princeton crew. Yale missed out on the grand final, making the most of its afternoon with a win in the petite final. The Bulldogs completed the year at 3-3, while the Crimson held a 5-2 dual racing mark.