No. 4 Men’s Lightweight Crew Defeats No. 1 Cornell, No. 7 Penn

No. 4 Men’s Lightweight Crew Defeats No. 1 Cornell, No. 7 Penn

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 4 Harvard men's lightweight crew began its season with a strong performance, topping No. 1 Cornell and No. 7 Penn in Ithaca, New York in the staging of the Matthews-Leonard Cups.

Harvard's victory over Cornell was its first in the last five meetings and moves the Crimson's record all-time against Big Red to 22-11. Cornell won the IRA National Championship last year and had not lost a duel race since 2016. Harvard is now 30-3 all-time against Penn and has not lost to the Quakers since 1988. 

Conditions were variable with a building and increasing headwind. Temperatures were frigid and order of racing was 4V, 3V, 2V, 1V, V4.

The Crimson's varsity eight made a statement with its victory over the Big Red and Quakers. Harvard's top boat nearly cracked the six-minute mark, clocking in at 6:01.1, over nine seconds quicker than Cornell. Penn place third at 6:16.4.

The second varsity eight race was a much closer affair, but the Crimson was able to edge out its Ivy League foes. Harvard posted a time of 6:12.6, while Penn took second at 6:14.9 and Cornell followed three seconds later. Harvard's third varsity notched its win with a time of 6:13.5, eight seconds ahead of Cornell.

Harvard's fourth varsity began the day with a triumph, registering a time of 6:34.1, five ticks ahead of the Quakers. In the final race of the day, Harvard's A boat won the varsity four event, besting the Crimson's B boat and Cornell. 

1V: Jack Stone (Coxswain), David Wexner (Stroke), Andrew Wilkins (7), Victor Olsen (6), Chris Skokowski (5), Sean Hayes (4), Drake Deuel (3), Nick Barry (2), Hunter Wallace (Bow)

2V: Annina Kennedy-Yoon (Coxswain), Andrew Sterne (Stroke), Toby Satterthwaite (7), Freddie Johnson (6), Spencer Kaplan (5), Nick Kochanek (4), Isaac Walker (3), Andre Dupuis (2), Rob Lowe (Bow) 

3V: Mary Yeh (Coxswain), Owen Niles (Stroke), Aidan Crawford (7), Brady Stevens (6), Jon Keles (5), Zach Altshuler (4), Mike Genovesi (3), Eryk Dobrushkin (2), Noah Burhance (Bow) 

4V: Matty Cheng (Coxswain), Oliver Hansen (Stroke), Chris Jarrett (7), Dillon Dunteman (6), Tate Huffman (5), David Gonzalez (4), Michael Yuan (3), Wes Fabyan (2), Josh Kuppersmith (Bow)

5V: Cox Mike Medaugh, Stroke William Weiter, 7 Liam Daily, 6 Andrew Hebert, 5 Derek Woo, 4 Ryan Patrick, 3 Reid McMurchy, 2 Robert Powell, Bow Nate Dempsey

Varsity Eight
Harvard – 6:01.1
Cornell – 6:10.8
Penn – 6:16.4

Second Varsity Eight
Harvard – 6:12.6
Penn – 6:14.9
Cornell – 6:18.0

Third Varsity Eight
Harvard – 6:13.5
Cornell – 6:21.5
Penn – 6:28.4

Fourth Varsity Eight
Harvard – 6:34.1
Penn – 6:39.1
Cornell – 6:42.9

Varsity 4
Harvard A – 7:12.8
Harvard B  – 7:21.4
Cornell – 7:44.0

Harvard will host Columbia and Georgetown Sunday, April 8 on the Charles River. Racing begins at 8 a.m.