Harvard Sweeps Varsity Lightweight Races at Princeton Chase

Members of the varsity four A row to their second win of the day (photo courtesy Nelia Newell).
Members of the varsity four A row to their second win of the day (photo courtesy Nelia Newell).

PRINCETON, N.J.—The Harvard lightweight crew won the varsity eight and varsity four events at the Princeton Chase, continuing its strong start to the 2011-12 season, Sunday on Lake Carnegie.

The Crimson's top-finishing freshman boat also placed seventh, fourth among lightweight crews. The Crimson showed off its depth and versatility, as the Crimson varsity and second varsity eights put on a strong performance in the morning and split up to successfully race as fours in the afternoon. Harvard had the fastest collegiate lightweight crew for the second straight week and picked up its third and fourth race wins of the fall.

"Our guys got the job done today," said head coach Charley Butt. "We had a lot of boats out there, and they raced well. We're really developing some good depth from the freshmen up through the varsity ranks."

Four oarsmen were double-winners for the Crimson, as Matt O'Leary, Alex Newell, Tim Moore and Erich Schultze won the eights race in the morning and the fours race later. Nicholas Gates, Stuart Taylor, Tom Nesel, and Michael Wales joined them in the victorious varsity eight. Angela Chang coxed the winning eight, and Shane Bouchard steered the winning four.

The eight posted a time of 13:15.44, completing the three-mile course 6.87 seconds faster than the host Tigers, followed by the rest of the 27-boat field, including fellow 2011 IRA finalists Yale, Cornell and Columbia. Of the 300 entries in the day's races, only the Princeton men's heavyweight eight posted a faster time than Harvard. The Crimson lightweights posted a faster time than each of the other 32 heavyweight varsity boats. The second varsity placed 15th in 14:07.70.

The Harvard varsity four A's time of 14:51.90 was 9.13 seconds faster than second-place Princeton and faster than all but two of the 40 heavyweight four entries. The second Crimson four placed fourth in the 35-boat field in 15:13.89. Harvard boats also finished 27th and 29th.

Harvard's freshman eight A took seventh in a field of 36 light and heavyweight crews, registering a time of 14:22.45. The Princeton heavyweights won the race, while the Tigers' top lightweight boat placed second overall in 13:48.94. The Yale lights took fourth, and Navy was fifth. The Crimson B entry placed 19th and the C entry finished 32nd.

Varsity Eight A
Cox: Angela Chang, 8: Matt O'Leary, 7: Alex Newell, 6: Tim Moore, 4: Stuart Taylor, 3: Erich Schultze, 2: Tom Nesel, 1: Michael Wales

Varsity Eight B
Cox: David Roher, 8: Craig Herron, 7: Zachary Connerton, 6: Michael Paresky, 5: Joey Wall, 4: Benjamin Hughes, 3: Cam Heron, 2: Matt Gibbons,: Michael Zamora

Freshman Eight A
Cox: Jonathan Shpall, 8: Zander Bonorris, 7: Timothy McLaughlin, 6: Nico Astrup Wiik, 5: Jonathan Young, 4: Eli Leavitt, 3: Stefan Skalbania, 2: Malte Zopfs, 1: Connor Mangan

Freshman Eight B
Cox: Jacob Saal, 8: Matthew Pawlowski, 7: Nelson Arnous, 6: Christopher Magnani , 5: Johnathan Budd, 4: Robert Hawthorne, 3: Ross Svenson, 2 : Parker Grayson, 1: Owen Senders  

Freshman Eight C
Cox: Alexander Spencer, 8: Alejandro Jimenez Jaramillo, 7: Ted McKlveen, 6: Simon Lieu, 5: Hunter Fortney, 4: Alexander Boota, 3: Samuel Rashba, 2: Samuel Barrington, 1: Rohan Goel

Varsity Four A
Cox: Shane Bouchard, 4: Matt O'Leary, 3: Alex Newell, 2: Tim Moore, 1: Erich Schultze

Varsity Four B
Cox: Alex Saal, 4: Michael Wales, 3: Michael Paresky, 2: Nicholas Gates, 1: Stuart Taylor

Varsity Four C
Cox: Paul Farber, 4: Craig Herron, 3: Zachary Connerton, 2: Benjamin Hughes, 1: Joey Wall

Varsity Four D
Cox: Angela Chang, 4: Matt Gibbons, 3: Collin Rees, 2: Cam Heron, 1: Michael Zamora