First Race Slated For 9 a.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 148th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta is set for Sunday. The crews first met in 1852 and have competed for the Sexton Cup annually since 1859. On all but five occasions since 1878 the Regatta has been held on the Thames River in New London.
Three events are scheduled for Sunday, beginning with the two-mile third varsity race for the New London Cup at 9 a.m. The three-mile junior varsity race with the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy at stake follows at 9:45 a.m., and the event culminates with the four-mile Sexton Cup race between the varsity eights, the longest rowing race in the Western hemisphere, at 10:45 a.m. The overall regatta champion also receives the Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell, Jr. Trophy. A special combination four race kicks off the Regatta weekend on Saturday afternoon. The winner of the combination race gets the James P. Snider Cup and earns the right to paint its school colors on the rock near the finish line.
Sunday's races will be upstream finishing at Bartlett's Cove.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Sports Illustrated named this event the most venerable rivalry in college sports, and its history predates the great football rivalry between the schools by 23 years. Crews from Yale and Harvard first met on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire on Aug. 3, 1852, the first intercollegiate athletic competition of any kind in the United States. Harvard won that first meeting and has built a 93-54 lead in the series. Harvard's junior varsity holds a 74-37 edge, while its freshmen are 70-39-1 against Yale.
THE 147TH REGATTA
The matchup between Harvard and Yale heavyweight crews brought the usual test of endurance to the waters of New London's Thames River. Harvard's first varsity finished in 19:41.3 to Yale's 19:51.2. The second varsity eight saw more separation between Harvard and Yale crews; Harvard clocked in at 15:55.5 to Yale's 15:27.2. The winning freshman, 2-mile race time was 10:25.6, just under 9 seconds faster than the Elis. The Bulldogs did not have much luck in the combination races on Friday, falling to the Crimson A and B squads.
VARSITY 8 FINISHES SEVENTH AT IRAs
The Yale heavyweight crew team closed out the weekend at the 111th IRA National Championships with its best finish in recent memory. Yale's varsity eight had a thrilling come from behind win in the petite final to finish seventh overall, the best finish in the varsity eight category since the Bulldogs finished sixth in 2006. The varsity four and second varsity eight finished eighth and 11th, respectively, both improvements over last year's finish in those events at the IRA. The heavyweights will now head back east to prepare for the 148th Yale-Harvard Regatta held in New London, Conn., on Sunday, June 9.
HEAD COACH STEVE GLADSTONE
Regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, Steve Gladstone is in his third year at the helm of Yale's heavyweight crew. Gladstone led the University of California men's crew program to six IRA championships during two coaching stints with the Golden Bears and also served as the director of rowing operations at Brown where he won four Eastern Sprints titles. Most recently he was a director at the California Rowing Club, helping develop postgraduate oarsmen for the U.S. National Team.
Gladstone's 11 IRA championships tie him with Charles "Pop" Courtney of Cornell (1901-15) for the most varsity eight titles in the history of collegiate rowing. In all, Gladstone's Cal crews medaled at the IRA regatta 11 times in his 12 seasons since 1997 – five gold and six bronze – an unprecedented achievement in the 113-year history of the championship. Over that same period, he directed Cal to seven of 12 Pac-10 championships. During his first term at Cal from 1973-80, Gladstone guided the Bears to three undefeated dual-race seasons, an IRA title in 1976 and a Pac-10 championship in 1979.
As the director of rowing operations at Brown from 1981-94, Gladstone's crew triumphed four times at the Eastern Sprints, five times at the IRA regatta and twice at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships.
He returned to Cal in 1997, taking over a program that finished as high as third at IRAs just once since his 1980 departure. The Bears saw immediate success, capturing a bronze medal at the national regatta in 1997 and running off a string of four consecutive championships from 1999-2002. From 2001-04, Gladstone added the director of athletics role to his duties at Cal, overseeing a department that placed ninth in the Directors' Cup for overall excellence in 2003 and 2004 and won five national team championships.
Gladstone began his coaching career in 1966 as freshman coach at Princeton for three years. He then took over as varsity lightweight coach at Harvard, leading the Crimson to four straight undefeated seasons, four titles at the Eastern Sprints and victories in the 1971 Thames Challenge Cup and Wyfold Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During his tenure at Harvard, he served as the U.S. National team coach (1969 and 1973) and was a selector for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team.
A 1964 Syracuse graduate, Gladstone has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen and has also been a member of the Men's Olympic Rowing Committee. In 1984, he served as ABC's analyst for rowing events at the Los Angeles Olympics. He worked in the same capacity for NBC at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.
FRESHMAN COACH JOEL SCROGIN
Joel Scrogin joined the Yale Men's Heavyweight Crew program in the fall of 2010. Scrogin is a 1999 graduate of Brown University and served as an assistant coach for the Bears from 2004 until 2007. Scrogin currently works with the Yale freshmen.
At Brown, Scrogin's freshman crew won Eastern Sprints and finished second at IRA's. He was a member of now-head coach Paul Cooke's first freshman class. As an upperclassman Scrogin rowed in the varsity and would go on to represent the U.S. at the Nations Cup (now recognized as the World U23 Championships) in the quad. After graduating from Brown with a B.A. in History, Scrogin briefly held a position as an investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners in Boston. Scrogin was also a founding member of an online travel company, Weekends.com, before returning to his alma mater to coach at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.
In 2003, Scrogin enrolled at Oxford where he would earn his Masters in Comparative and International Education. He raced in the Blue Boat in the 150th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, sitting in four seat. Most recently Scrogin served as assistant coach at California Rowing Club. There he worked with athletes feeding into the U.S. Senior National and Olympic teams, as well as coordinated USRowing U23 ID Camps. Scrogin has coached crews at the Senior World Championships, at FISA World Cup Regattas, and at the World U23 Championships where in 2009 his 4- crew earned a silver medal, the first ever medal in that event for the U.S.
ROWING ON THE RADIO/INTERNET
This year's regatta will be broadcast on WICH Radio (1310 AM) and www.wich.com. Charlie Hamlin (Harvard '70) and Yale lightweight coach Andy Card will provide commentary. There will be a free live video stream of the Yale- Harvard Regatta at GoCrimson.com/HYvideo
WHERE TO WATCH
The Thames River will be closed to traffic on race day about 30 minutes before the first event. Spectator boats may anchor along, but clear of, the race course. Spectators on shore can watch the action from various points along the river, including near the finish line at Bartlett's Cove.
OUT ON THE TOWN
Residents have put up Yale oars and signs, and a power plant on the river hangs a large "Go Yale" banner. The town, which is impartial, has installed signs at both ends of Route 12. One reads, "Welcome to Gales Ferry, Home of the Yale-Harvard Regatta" in blue, while the other reads, "Home of the Harvard-Yale Regatta" in red. Neighbors to the Yale camp have been known to re-paint the rock at Bartlett's Cove Yale blue after the race each year.
A DIRECTIONAL MATTER
This year's race will be the 64th heading upstream on the Thames. Harvard holds a 40-23 advantage going in that direction. Harvard holds a 36-26 edge in downstream races. Yale's 2007 win was the Bulldogs' first upstream victory since 1984.
For more than 100 years Yale has maintained its New London camp at Gales Ferry in preparation for the Regatta. The facility is owned and operated by the Yale heavyweight crew. Traditionally, after final exams, the rowers began a training camp at Gales Ferry in preparation for the four-mile marathon. The varsity house was originally constructed in the late 18th century as a private home, and the boathouse was designed by James Gamble Rogers, the architect who designed much of Yale's New Haven campus.
Jon Philip Morgan, CAPTAIN
Jon Philip Morgan is the 170th captain of the Yale heavyweight crew team. Born in New York City and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Morgan is a graduate of Yale's Calhoun College. Before coming to Yale Morgan rowed for four years at St. John's College in Johannesburg. In 2006 he won the South Africa Junior National Championships in the four and the pair, breaking the record in the former.
In his first year at Yale Morgan rowed in the freshman eight in the two-mile contest against Harvard. As a sophomore he rowed bow seat in the third varsity eight that went undefeated in early season dual races; he then raced against Harvard in the junior varsity eight.
In his junior year Morgan rowed in bow seat of the varsity eight that defeated Brown in Yale's season opener and defeated Dartmouth for the Olympic Axe. Morgan majored in history and is an Albers Fellow. He has spent a considerable amount of time studying and researching abroad, in countries that include Guatemala, Turkey, Singapore and Peru, among others. Morgan has two brothers who also row. His older brother, Pieter Morgan '09, rowed for Yale.
PROBABLE YALE BOATINGS
Cox: Oliver Fletcher (Jr., London, United Kingdom); Stroke: Adam Smith (Fr., Auckland, New Zealand); 7: Clemens Barth (So., Berlin, Germany); 6: Thomas Pagel (Fr., Oxford, United Kingdom); 5: Hubert Trzybinski (Fr., Berlin, Germany); 4: Simon Keenan (So., Melbourne, Australia); 3: David DeVries (Fr., San Diego, Calif.); 2: Zachary Johnson (Jr., Ross, Calif.); Bow: Owen Symington (Jr., Melbourne, Australia)
Cox: Chris Carothers (Fr., Kenilworth, Ill.); Stroke: Philippe Mastroyannis (Sr., Washington, D.C.); 7 Gerard Kuenning (Jr., Bow N.H.); 6: Harry Picone (Sr., Brisbane, Australia); 5: Tom Lynam (Sr., Alexandria, Va.); 4: Robert Michel (Jr., Cranbury, N.J.); 3: Elliot O'Reilly (Fr., Laissaud, France); 2: Jon Morgan (Sr., Johannesburg, South Africa); Bow: Emery Schoenly (Jr., Salisbury, Conn.)
Cox: Campbell Schnebly-Swanson (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.); Stroke: Henry Bird (Fr.,Bedford Hills, N.Y.); 7 Grant Stegelmann (Sr., Darien, Conn.); 6: Ian Suvak (Sr., Arlington, Va.); 5: Grant Olscamp (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio); 4: Lyon Van Voorhis (So., Mattapoisett, Mass.); 3: Lawrence Lopez-Menzies (Jr., Cos Cob, Conn.); 2: Jack McGinn (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.); Bow: Ron Taitz (So., Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Cox: Mackenzie Lee (Fr., La Cañada, Calif.); Stroke: Max Knapp (So., Kirkland, Wash.); 3 William Rosenbloom (So., Winnetka, Ill.); 2: Kamil Sadik (Fr., Chappaqua, N.Y.); Bow: Jamie Cahill (Fr., Melbourne, Australia)