No. 1 Harvard Lightweights to Meet Top-10 Ivy Foes in Ithaca

Michael Wales, Matt O'Leary and Erich Schultze (left to right) occupy the first three seats in the Crimson's top-ranked varsity eight.
Michael Wales, Matt O'Leary and Erich Schultze (left to right) occupy the first three seats in the Crimson's top-ranked varsity eight.

The top-ranked Harvard lightweight crew hits the road for the first time in 2012 as it takes on No. 5 Cornell and No. 9 Penn Saturday on the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y.

Racing Schedule
8:40 a.m. – Freshman eight
9 a.m. – Varsity eight
9:20 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:40 a.m. – Freshman fours
10 a.m. – Third varsity eight

Harvard Lineups
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: Craig Herron, 3: Cam Heron, 2: Benjamin Hughes, 1: AJ Carvalho

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

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 Spencer, 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

Last Time Out
The Crimson varsity eight posted a 23.2-second victory to wrap up a four-race sweep of Delaware to open the season March 24 on the Charles River. The second varsity eight topped the Blue Hens by 4.7 seconds in 6:06.9, while all three Harvard freshman fours finished ahead of the Delaware four.

Harvard's defeat of Delaware was its 20th consecutive dual win. The Crimson is coming off back-to-back perfect dual seasons, 10-0 in 2010 and 9-0 last season.

Survey Says
The first USRowing Collegiate Poll of the season was released March 28, and Harvard opened the season as the nation's No. 1 lightweight varsity. The Crimson remained No. 1 in this week's poll, receiving eight of 11 first-place votes, while No. 2 Yale earned the other three. Georgetown and Princeton are ranked third and fourth, respectively.

History Lesson
The Crimson swept five races from Penn, including an 8.7-second varsity victory, last season on the Schuylkill River. Cornell did not travel to the regatta and forfeited. Harvard later topped the Big Red in the Eastern Sprints grand final and the IRA National Championships heat and final. The Crimson also defeated the Quakers in its heat at Sprints.

Harvard leads its all-time series against the Big Red, 21-7, but the teams had split their last four meetings before Harvard's forfeit win last year. The Crimson owns a 19-race win streak against Penn and is 25-4 all-time against the Quakers.

Scouting the Opposition
Cornell is seeing its first competitive action of the spring. The Big Red placed fifth in the varsity grand final and fourth in the team standings at last year's Eastern Sprints before placing fourth at the IRA regatta.

Penn swept four races from Delaware and Saint Joseph's last weekend at home. The varsity finished 4.3 seconds ahead of the Blue Hens and 8.6 before the Hawks. The Quakers placed ninth in the varsity competition and eighth as a team at Sprints last spring.