CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard lightweight crew team splits the weekend, heading to No. 2 Cornell Friday evening with No. 6 Penn before returning to the Charles to take on No. 10 Georgetown. The Harvard-Cornell-Penn race was originally slated for Saturday morning, but weather in the area forced a Friday night race. Sunday's races will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Catherine Gildea (coxswain), Andrew Sterne (stroke), Andrew Wilkins (7), Brady Stevens (6), Cayman Bearly-Malinowski (5), Alexander Harding (4), Nolan Thomas (3), David Wexner (2), Joshua Kuppersmith (bow)
Benjamin Molin (coxswain), Liam Daily (stroke), Eryk Dobrushkin (7), Isaac Walker (6), Christopher Jarrett (5), Niels Laurberg (4), Nick Kochanek (3), Matt Podlesak (2), Mitchel Cole (bow)
Fifth Varsity – for Cornell/Penn
Jack Stone (coxswain), Christian Schatz (stroke), Christian Kardish (7), Jack Smith (6), James Jacoby (5), Patrick Anderson (4), Reed McMurchy (3), Nik Cable (2), Lev Ratnofsky (bow)
Fifth Varsity – for Georgetown
Jack Stone (coxswain), Christian Schatz (stroke), Christian Kardish (7), Jack Smith (6), James Jacoby (5), Patrick Anderson (4), Reed McMurchy (3), Ryan Patrick (2), Andrew Rocca (bow)
5 p.m. – 4V
5:30 – 2V
6 p.m. – V8
6:30 p.m. – 3V
7 p.m. – 5V
7:30 p.m. – V4+
7:50 a.m. - 4V & 5V
8:10 a.m. - 3V
8:30 a.m. - 2V
8:50 a.m. - 1V
Harvard earned a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships a season ago, besting its fifth-place finish from Eastern Sprints and medaling for the seventh-straight year.
In the Polls
Harvard sits at No. 5 overall in the USRowing Collegiate Polls after opening the season in a tie for fourth with Yale. Columbia holds the top spot, followed by Cornell, Yale and Princeton.
The Crimson holds the all-time lead against Cornell and Penn 17-8-1 in a series that dates back to 1987. The Big Red has won each of the last two meetings after the Crimson took five-straight from 2009-2013. Last year, then-No. 1 Cornell posted a sub-six minute time to best Harvard by six seconds on the Schuylkill River.
The Crimson leads the all-time series against the Hoyas by a 12-3 margin, winning each of the last seven meetings. The two teams first met in 1967 (a Harvard win), but took a 33-year hiatus until the Crimson again defeated the Hoyas in 2000.
The Big Red last competed at the Ithaca College Invitational March 26. Cornell defeated Bucknell and dropped a race to its heavyweight counterpart. Head coach Chris Kerber, the 2014 and 2015 IRA Coach of the Year, enters his eighth season with the Big Red.
Penn was last in action March 26 against MIT and Delaware on the Charles. The Quakers finished first, pushing past Delaware by 1.2 seconds and MIT by over 10 ticks. In his third season, head coach Colin Farrell led the Quakers to their best finish in a decade at the IRA Championships a season ago, finishing sixth.
Over the weekend, Georgetown raced Delaware on the Potomac River, finishing just 2.6 seconds off the Blue Hens' pace. Head coach Luke Agnini, a former associate head coach at California, enters his seconds season with the Hoyas.
In the Launch
Michiel Bartman enters his third season as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew after earning a bronze medal a season ago at the IRA National Championships. An Olympic champion, a three-time Olympic medalist and a 16-year coaching veteran, Bartman improved the Radcliffe lightweight women's performance in each of his first two seasons at Weld.
Harvard heads to Hanover, New Hampshire for the Biglin Bowl with Dartmouth and MIT.