No. 6 Navy Visits No. 2 Harvard Lightweight Crew Saturday

No. 6 Navy Visits No. 2 Harvard Lightweight Crew Saturday

The freshman eight (pictured) and the rest of the Crimson turn their attention to Navy a week after a strong showing against Dartmouth and MIT.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 2 Harvard lightweight crew seeks a three-year Haines Cup win streak as it takes on the No. 6 Navy Midshipmen Saturday morning on the Charles River.

The Course
The 2,000-meter course for Harvard and Radcliffe's home races begins in the Charles River Basin, roughly 100 meters upstream from the Longfellow Bridge and continues upstream until to the finish line just downstream of the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Popular spectator viewing areas include the finish line in front of the Hyatt and the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue) at the course's midpoint.

Watch From Home
Free live video from all of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 is scheduled to be streamed on, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway.

Harvard/Radcliffe Racing Schedule
7:24 a.m. – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
7:36 a.m. – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight
7:48 a.m. – Men's lightweight varsity eight
8 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
8:12 a.m. – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:24 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity four
8:36 a.m. – Men's lightweight third varsity eight
8:48 a.m. – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight/fourth varsity eight
9 a.m. – Men's lightweight second freshman eight
9:24 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight
9:48 a.m. – Women's lightweight second varsity eight

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, 8: Florian Mayr, 7: Alex Newell, 6: Tyler Caldwell, 5: Nicholas Gates, 4: Stuart Taylor, 3: Sean Duncan, 2: Billy Hennrikus, 1: Ben Bayley

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: 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

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

Last Weekend
Harvard (6-0) won by 1.9 seconds to claim the Biglin Bowl and cap a four‑win morning against No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 14 MIT. The Big Green and Crimson varsity eights pulled away from MIT and were level through 1,300 meters before Harvard moved ahead. The Crimson second, third and freshman eights were also victorious.

The wins against Dartmouth and MIT gave the Harvard varsity victories over its last 16 dual opponents, dating back to 2009. The Crimson has defeated nine consecutive home dual opponents since 2008.

Last Season
The Crimson 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 and help Harvard win four of the day's five races. Harvard's third varsity beat Navy by just two-fifths of a second, while the second varsity and freshman eights also won.

Runner-up Harvard finished ahead of fifth-place Navy in the Eastern Sprints varsity grand final, but the Mids charged late to edge the Crimson by less than a second for the IRA silver medal.

History Lesson
Harvard's win last season ended a six-year string of alternating winners in the Haines Cup race and gave the Crimson a 37-7 lead in the cup series. In the last meeting on the Charles, in 2009, Harvard won by less than a second. The Crimson, which took the first 11 Haines Cup races from 1964-74, last won three straight in 1997, '98 and 2001.

Scouting the Midshipmen
The Navy varsity eight (2-2) opened the spring with a second-place finish against Princeton and MIT and suffered a 3.3-second loss against Yale before bouncing back with a home win against Columbia last weekend. The Midshipmen beat the Lions by six seconds and won the second varsity race by more than 20, but Columbia won the freshman eight.