CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The fourth-ranked Harvard men's lightweight crew will begin its spring schedule this weekend with a pair of races. On Saturday, April 7, the Crimson faces No. 1 Cornell and No. 7 Penn for the Matthews-Leonard Cup in Ithaca before returning home to host No. 3 Columbia and No. 11 Georgetown Sunday for the Wales-Kirrane Cup on the Charles River.
Sunday's racing will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network
8 a.m. – 3V/4V/5V combo race
8:24 a.m. – 2V
8:48 a.m. – 1V
2V: Annina Kennedy-Yoon (Coxswain), Andrew Sterne (Stroke), Thomas Satterthwaite (7), Freddie Johnson (6), Spencer Kaplan (5), Nicholas Kochanek (4), Isaac Walker (3), Andre Dupuis (2), Rob Lowe (Bow)
Harvard put together a 9-1 head-to-head record last season with its lone loss coming against the Big Red. At Eastern Sprints, the Crimson led the team standings to earn the Jope Cup and went on to take fourth at the IRA National Championships.
IN THE POLLS
Harvard is fourth in the latest USRowing Collegiate Coaches' Poll.
The Big Red is the defending IRA National Champion, winning its third national title since 2014 last year. Saturday's Matthews-Leonard Cup is the opening race of this season for Cornell.
All-time, Harvard has a 21-11 advantage against Cornell, but the Big Red has won the last four matchups.
The Quakers were the runner-up at last year's IRA National Championship. Penn opened this season against MIT and Delaware on the Charles River April. The varsity eight finished second to the Blue Hens, but its remaining three eight boats won their respective races.
Harvard has been dominant historically against Penn, holding a 29-3 lead in the all-time series. Harvard has won every meeting since 1988.
Columbia was the sixth-place finisher at the IRA National Championships a year ago. The Lions opened this season March 31 with a victory over Princeton for the Campbell Cup in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Harvard is 22-3 all-time against Columbia and won last season's race by three seconds.
Georgetown has two official races under its belt this season. In its opener, the Hoyas varsity eight was bested by Princeton, and then fell to Delaware the next day. Prior to Sunday's race against Harvard and Columbia, Georgetown is slated to face Yale and MIT on Saturday.
Harvard is 13-3 all-time against Georgetown and has won each meeting since 2009.
In the Launch
Billy Boyce is in his second season as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men's Lightweight Crew. Boyce led Harvard to a 9-1 record and an Eastern Sprints team title last season.
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Harvard will host the Biglin Bowl against Dartmouth and MIT next Saturday, April 14.