Top Mens Lightweight Crews Collide at Princeton; Live Video Available
Harvard's varsity eight looks to secure its first perfect dual season in 13 years (photo courtesy Doug Stewart).
Three of the nation's top four men's lightweight crews meet Saturday on Lake Carnegie, where No. 1 Princeton hosts second-ranked Harvard and No. 4 Yale for the Goldthwait and Vogel Cups regatta. The Crimson is looking to wrap up its 27th undefeated dual season.
10 a.m. – Second Freshman Eight
10:15 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight
10:30 a.m. – Freshman Eight
10:45 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
11 a.m. – Varsity Eight
Cox: Dexter Louie, 8: Tim Moore, 7: Austin Meyer, 6: Will Newell, 5: Martin Eiermann, 4: Billy Hennrikus, 3: Andrew Trott, 2: Jared Dourdeville, 1: James Stewart
Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Lizzy Maybank, 8: Tyler Caldwell, 7: Ben Bayley, 6: Tom Nesel, 5: Sean Duncan, 4: Michael Murray, 3: Benjamin Tuyp, 2: Andrew Corcoran, 1: Michael Silvestri
Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Angela Chang, 8: Jordan Cotton, 7: Gary Pellisier, 6: Matt Gibbons, 5: Christopher Oland, 4: Collin Rees, 3: Martin Wallner, 2: Joshua Foote, 1: Kevin Fiamingo
Cox: Paul Farber, 8: Florian Mayr, 7: Erich Schultze, 6: James Groeneveld, 5: Nicholas Gates, 4: Michael Paresky, 3: Tom Foley, 2: Matt O'Leary, 1: Alex Newell
Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Alex Saal, 8: Kevin Connolly, 7: Gabriel Lloyd, 6: Craig Herron, 5: Arturo Villanueva, 4: Chris Henderson, 3: AJ Carvalho, 2: Francisco Triana, 1: Simon Maas
The Crimson (8-0) won at Navy for the first time since 1997, defeating the No. 3 Midshipmen by 5.5 seconds on the Severn River to retain the Haines Cup. The second varsity and freshman eights both remained undefeated with victories, and the third varsity beat the Mids to the line by two-fifths of a second.
The 1997 season, 13 years ago, was the last time Harvard was unbeaten in dual racing. That squad posted a 5-0 record, the 26th perfect mark in program history, and went on to win the Eastern and national championships.
Harvard has been ranked second nationally throughout the spring season and received four first-place votes in the most recent USRowing Collegiate Poll, with top-ranked Princeton collecting the other seven votes. The Crimson's wins so far have come against the teams ranked third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 11th and 14th in the nation. A win Saturday would therefore give Harvard victories against nine of the top 10 other teams in the nation.
The Crimson, by Boat
While Harvard's varsity eight is seeded second behind Princeton in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges, the Crimson's unbeaten second varsity (6-0) and freshman eight (8-0) are the top-ranked boats in their events. The third varsity eight (3-2) and second freshman eight (3-1) are seeded second, trailing only Cornell and Navy, respectively.
The Crimson varsity suffered its only dual loss of the year when it finished 5.2 seconds behind the Tigers and 5.5 ahead of the host Bulldogs last season on the Housatonic River. Harvard also placed second in the second and third varsity eights and picked up its only win in the second freshman race.
This is the 85th rowing for the Goldthwait Cup, with Harvard having won the trophy 40 times, Princeton 25 and Yale 19. The Tigers have won the last two cups following a stretch of four Crimson wins in five years. The Bulldogs last won in 2006.
Scouting the Opposition
The Princeton varsity (6-0) is the defending Sprints and IRA champion and has defeated 19 straight dual opponents. The only loss for the Yale varsity (5-1) came at the hands of Navy. The Bulldogs and Dartmouth raced to a dead heat last weekend.
The Yale and Princeton second varsities are seeded second and third, respectively, behind Harvard in the EARC. The Bulldogs are ranked fourth in the league in the freshman eight and third in the second freshman and third varsity events. The Princeton freshman and third varsity boats are both seeded sixth.