Challenges Await No. 2 Harvard Lightweights on First Road Trip

Challenges Await No. 2 Harvard Lightweights on First Road Trip

Billy Hennrikus, Andrew Trott and Jared Dourdeville (pictured, left to right) are among eight seniors in the Crimson's top two boats.

The second-ranked Harvard lightweight crew hits the road for the first time this spring to take on No. 3 Cornell, No. 10 Penn and No. 5 Georgetown this weekend. The Crimson takes on the Big Red and host Quakers Saturday afternoon on the Schuylkill River and meets the Hoyas in a neutral-site matchup Sunday morning on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.

Racing Schedule
Saturday, April 9 – Harvard at Penn, vs. Cornell
2:40 p.m. – Second freshman eight
3 p.m. – Third varsity eight
3:20 p.m. – Freshman eight
3:40 p.m. – Second varsity eight
4 p.m. – Varsity eight

Sunday, April 10 – Harvard vs. Georgetown
9 a.m. – Second freshman eight
9:20 a.m. –Freshman eight
9:40 a.m. – Second varsity eight/Third varsity eight
10 a.m. – Varsity eight

Follow From Home
Penn will provide live audio of Saturday's races. Listen here. Fans can also hear the audio by calling 215-399-2864.

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Angela Chang, 8: Matt O'Leary, 7: Austin Meyer, 6: Will Newell, 5: Erich Schultze, 4: Tim Moore, 3: Andrew Trott, 2: Jared Dourdevelle, 1: Tom Nesel

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Lizzy Maybank/Paul Farber, 8: Florian Mayr, 7: Alex Newell, 6: Tyler Caldwell, 5: Nicholas Gates, 4: Billy Hennrikus, 3: Sean Duncan, 2: Stuart Taylor, 1: Ben Bayley

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Paul Farber/Alex Saal, 8: Michael Paresky, 7: Gary Pellisier, 6: Matt Gibbons, 5: Jordan Cotton, 4: Craig Herron, 3: Martin Wallner, 2: Simon Maas, 1: Colin Rees

Freshman Eight
Cox: Shane Bouchard, 8: Michael Wales, 7: Andrew Campbell, 6: Peter Moot, 5: Joey Wall, 4: Cam Heron, 3: Zachary Connerton, 2: Alexander DeLaney, 1: Michael Zamora

Freshman Four A (at Penn)
Cox: Martin Cseh, 4: Benjamin Hughes, 3: Jamie Ashton, 2: Kevin Hernandez, 1: Luis Gallardo

Freshman Four B (at Penn)
Cox: Shane Bouchard, 4: James Ondaatje, 3: Steven Soto, 2: James Carey, 1: Yoan N'Komba

Second Freshman Eight (vs. Georgetown)
Cox: Martin Cseh, 8: Benjamin Hughes, 7: Jamie Ashton, 6: Kevin Hernandez, 5: Luis Gallardo, 4: James Carey, 3: Steven Soto, 2: James Ondaatje, 1: Yoan N'Komba

Last Time Out
Harvard (1-0) opened the 2011 spring season by winning four of five races, including all three varsity events, against Delaware March 26 on the Charles River. The Crimson varsity eight led the way, beating the Blue Hens by 11.1 seconds. The second and third varsities won by large margins, and Harvard also captured the second freshman four race. Delaware pulled out a five-second win in the freshman eight.

Last Season
The Crimson won four of five races against the Quakers and Big Red last season in Ithaca, N.Y. Harvard finished 11.3 seconds ahead of the field, while Cornell edged Penn by a half-second to take runner-up honors. Harvard also won the second varsity eight, freshman eight and second freshman eight races while finishing second to Cornell in the third varsity eight.

Harvard returned to Cambridge after defeating Penn and Cornell and got up early again the next day to sweep five races from Georgetown and Saint Joseph's. The Crimson varsity finished 5.7 seconds ahead of the second-place Hoyas in 6:24.6.

Later in the season, Harvard finished ahead of Penn in a heat and the grand final at EARC Sprints as well as the IRA National Championships grand final. The Crimson also defeated Georgetown in its Sprints heat.

Series Histories
Harvard leads its all-time series against Cornell, 20-7, but the teams have split their last four meetings. The Crimson owns an 18-race win streak against Penn and is 24-4 all-time against the Quakers. Harvard is 5-3 against Georgetown.

Scouting the Opposition
Cornell's matchup with the Quakers and Crimson will be its first racing of the spring season. Penn (0-1) opened last weekend against Delaware, winning all three freshman races but finishing 3.9 seconds back in the varsity eight. The Georgetown varsity (1-1) will be racing on Lake Carnegie for the second straight week. The Hoyas placed second, 3.8 seconds behind Princeton and 10 seconds ahead of Columbia, in their first regatta of the spring.