Harvard Lightweights Kick Off Spring Against Delaware Saturday

Angela Chang, Florian Mayr and Alex Newell (left to right) helped the Crimson to a strong showing in the fall season.
Angela Chang, Florian Mayr and Alex Newell (left to right) helped the Crimson to a strong showing in the fall season.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The defending Eastern champion Harvard lightweight crew opens its spring season against Delaware Saturday morning on the Charles River.

Racing Schedule
7:48 a.m. – Freshman fours
8:12 a.m. – Freshman eight
8:36 a.m. – Second and third varsity eights
9 a.m. – Varsity eight

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Defending The Title
Click here to view the lightweight crew installment in the Defending The Title video series previewing the seasons of Harvard's defending Ivy League champions. 

Harvard Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: Angela Chang, 8: Florian Mayr, 7: Alex Newell, 6: Tim Moore, 5: Nicholas Gates, 4: Stuart Taylor, 3: Erich Schultze, 2: Matt O'Leary, 1: Michael Wales

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Saal, 8: Michael Paresky, 7: Zachary Connerton, 6: Tom Nesel, 5: Joey Wall, 4: Cam Heron, 3: Benjamin Hughes, 2: Craig Herron, 1: Yoan N'Komba

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Shane Bouchard, 8: Gabriel Lloyd, 7: Collin Rees, 6: Simon Maas, 5: Matt Gibbons, 4: Kevin Hernandez, 3: AJ Carvalho, 2: Michael Velchik, 1: Jamie Ashton

Freshman Eight

Cox: Jonathan Shpall, 8: Nicolai Astrop Wiik, 7: Christopher Magnani, 6: Alexander Bonorris, 5: Timothy McLaughlin, 4: Robert Hawthorne, 3: Jonathan Young, 2: Connor Mangan, 1: Malte Zopfs

Freshman Four A
Cox: Alexander Bonorris, 4: Eli Leavitt, 3: Stefan Skalbania, 2: Matthew Pawlwoski, 1: Nelson Arnous

Freshman Four B
Cox: Jake Saal, 4: Owen Senders, 3: Edward McKlveen, 2: Sam Barrington, 1: Ross Svenson

Freshman Four C
Cox: Ezra Stoller, 4: William Grayson, 3: Johnathan Budd, 2: Henry Klingenstein, 1: Rohan Goel

Last Season
The Harvard varsity eight completed its second straight perfect dual season, the 28th in program history, and won the program's 25th Eastern Sprints title last season. The Crimson also took second varsity gold at Sprints on the way to its 21st Jope Cup as the top overall lightweight squad in the East. The varsity went on to finish second to Yale at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, missing the national title by one-fiftieth of a second, and Harvard competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

History Lesson
The Crimson opened the 2011 spring season by winning four of five races, including all three varsity events, against Delaware. The 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. Harvard swept four races from Delaware in 2010, with the top Crimson eight winning by 9.4 seconds.

In the Fall
Harvard is coming off an outstanding fall season. The Crimson boasted the top collegiate lightweight crew at the Head of the Charles Regatta, placing second to the USRowing entry and finishing more than 13 seconds faster than third-place Princeton. Harvard went on to sweep the varsity eight and four events at the Princeton Chase, and the Crimson freshmen won the team competition at the Green Monster.

Leading the Crimson
Captain Tom Nesel and fellow seniors Tim Moore and Angela Chang are among nine athletes back from last year's top two boats. Juniors Matt O'Leary and Erich Schultze also return from the varsity eight.