No. 2 Crimson Lights Seek Perfection Against No. 1 Tigers, No. 4 Bulldogs

Will Newell (left), Austin Meyer and the Crimson look to celebrate another big win against their rivals.
Will Newell (left), Austin Meyer and the Crimson look to celebrate another big win against their rivals.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard lightweight varsity crew takes on rivals Princeton and Yale as the varsity eight looks to wrap up its second straight perfect dual season Saturday morning on the Charles River Basin.

Best of the Best
Saturday's racing features three of the nation's top four lightweight varsities in this week's USRowing Collegiate Poll: No. 1 Princeton, No. 2 Harvard and No. 4 Yale. The crews entered last year's HYP showdown with the same national rankings.

Watch From Home
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Harvard/Radcliffe Racing Schedule
7:24 a.m. – Men's lightweight second freshman eight    
7:36 – Men's heavyweight freshman four                           
7:48 – Men's lightweight third varsity eight                         
8:00 – Men's heavyweight freshman eight/fourth varsity eight                
8:12 – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:24 – Men's heavyweight second varsity eight/third varsity eight
8:36 – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
8:48 – Men's heavyweight varsity eight
9:00 – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
9:12 – Men's lightweight varsity eight                   
9:24 – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight                          
9:36 – Women's lightweight varsity eight                             
9:48 – Women's heavyweight varsity four A
10:00 – Women's lightweight second varsity eight
10:12 – Women's heavyweight varsity four B
10:24 – Women's lightweight varsity four
10:36 – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight/fourth 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: Craig Herron, 7: Colin Rees, 5: Gary Pellisier, 6: Michael Paresky, 4: Simon Maas, 3: Martin Wallner, 2: Matt Gibbons, 1: Jordan Cotton

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: Steven Soto, 2: James Ondaatje, 1: Yoan N'Komba

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.

Last Weekend
The Crimson lightweight varsity (7-0) won its third consecutive Haines Cup and took a 38-7 lead in the cup series by edging No. 6 Navy by 1.2 seconds. Harvard took an early lead and went on to claim its first three-race win streak against the Midshipmen since 1997, '98 and 2001. Harvard's second varsity and freshman eights also won.

The win against Navy gave the Harvard varsity victories over its last 17 dual opponents, dating back to 2009. The Crimson has defeated 10 consecutive home dual opponents since 2008.

Last Season
Last season, the Crimson came from behind to top the host Princeton lightweights by seven-tenths of a second and defeated Yale by nearly 12 seconds to complete the 27th perfect dual-racing record in program history and claim the Goldthwait Cup. The freshman eight also won to finish off a 10-0 dual season and help Harvard win the Vogel Cup team competition. Princeton had its 20-dual varsity win streak snapped but won the second varsity race, while Yale took the third varsity and second freshman events.

History Lesson
Harvard has won the Goldthwait Cup 41 times, including five times in the last eight years. Princeton (25 wins) won in 2008 and '09, while Yale (19 wins) last took the trophy in 2006. The cup was first presented in 1925 but was awarded retroactively back to 1922, the year of the first HYP lightweight race.

Survey Says
In this week's Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges boat rankings, the Harvard varsity eight is seeded second, while the second and third varsity eights are both ranked fourth and the freshman and second freshman eights are both fifth.

Scouting the Opposition
Princeton (7-0) enters with the East's top-seeded varsity and second varsity eights. The Tigers' top boat has not lost since falling to Harvard a year ago and has since won EARC Sprints, IRA and Head Of The Charles titles. Princeton's third varsity is ranked third in the EARC, and its freshman eight is fourth.

Yale's varsity eight (7-1) was ranked third nationally heading into last weekend's racing. The host Bulldogs defeated Cornell and Delaware but later fell to No. 8 Dartmouth. The Big Green vaulted to third in this week's USRowing poll, but Yale remains the third seed in the EARC. The Eli freshman and third varsity eights both enter Saturday's racing unbeaten and seeded first in the league, while the second varsity eight is seeded third.