CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its last race on the Charles River this season, the No. 3 Harvard men's heavyweight crew team will welcome No. 6 Northeastern this Saturday, May 4 to compete for the Smith Cup in its last regular season matchup. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
7:30 a.m. – Fourth Varsity
8:00 a.m. – Third Varsity
8:30 a.m. – Second Varsity
9:00 a.m. – Varsity Eight
What to Know
- Harvard remains undefeated on the season, securing victories in its varsity eight races over No. 12 Cornell, No. 15 George Washington, No. 5 Brown, No. 7 Princeton, No. 12 Navy and No. 11 Penn this year.
- The Crimson has been consistently ranked at No. 3 in the USRowing Coaches Poll since the opening week of competition and will retain that position in the latest poll released this week.
- Harvard has claimed 26 Smith Cups from Northeastern in program history, including the last 21 straight. At last year's race, the Crimson bested the Huskies by 0.5 seconds in a thrilling finish on the Charles River. Starting in 1989, the trophy is named for Charlie Smith, a boatman at Harvard for 10 years and at Northeastern for five.
- Northeastern is 4-2 on the season. The Huskies recently fell to No. 5 Brown by 1.4 seconds in its last regatta.
Leading the Way
Charley Butt is in the midst of his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard men's heavyweight crew team and 34th overall season with the Harvard rowing program, previously serving as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew for 28 years. Butt owns a 33-6 overall record with the heavyweight program.
Harvard will prepare for Eastern Sprints on Saturday, May 19 at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.