EARC Sprints Preview
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Ivy League men's heavyweight and lightweight titles will be on the line once again on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. with all Ivy crew in action Sunday, May 15 in the 66th Eastern Association of Rowing College (EARC) Sprints.
In the competition for the Marc Bergschneider Ivy League Heavyweight Trophy, Harvard hopes to keep the title in Cambridge for a second-straight year. That will be a tough task for the Crimson with Princeton close behind looking to capture its first Ivy heavyweight title since 2006.
The 1-2 battle among the lightweights for the Michael W. Christian Ivy League Lightweight Trophy is poised to come down to Harvard and Princeton again this year. Princeton has its sights on a third-straight year while Harvard hopes to unseat the Tigers and secure its first League crown since 2005.
2011 EARC Sprints Previews courtesy of Row2K.com's Oli Rosenbladt
Going into the 2011 EARC Sprints, the heavyweight crews from Harvard are at the top of the polls and the early favorites, but not by much...racing in the east has been fierce and close all season.
The Harvard varsity is riding an undefeated regular season into Sprints, but the margins have been far from comfortable; the Crimson V8 was less than a length ahead of Brown in the second week of the season, and had to come from behind to defeat a very game Princeton crew by three seats.
The big question going into the 2011 Sprints is, is Harvard's lead over Princeton going to stick this year? If you recall, in 2010 Harvard beat the Princeton lights, previously undefeated, with a masterful race at Princeton to take HYP, only to lose to them at Sprints and the IRA Championships.
Fast forward to this year, when the Harvard lights beat Princeton with a masterful race on the Charles to win HYP; once again the Crimson head to Worcester ranked first. Either way, the margin isn't comfortable, with Harvard winning at HYP by only one second.