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Harvard's heavyweight varsity eight comes into the EARC Sprints top ranked and unbeaten this season.
Harvard's heavyweight varsity eight comes into the EARC Sprints top ranked and unbeaten this season.

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Portions courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Ivy League men's heavyweight and lightweight titles will be on the line once again on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., Sunday, May 13 at the 67th Eastern Association of Rowing College (EARC) Sprints.

Top-seeded Harvard is poised to maintain possession of the Marc Bergschneider Ivy League Heavyweight Trophy for a third-consecutive season. The Crimson owns the top-seeded varsity eight (7-0), second varsity eight (6-0) and freshman eight (7-0) and third varsity eight (5-0) in the East. The third varsity eight (5-1) and second freshman eight (3-1) are seeded second. The fourth varsity is 1-0 in fourth-varsity competition.

The Harvard heavies have defeated its last 20 and 35 of its last 36 dual opponents, with the lone loss coming in 2010 at Brown. The second-seeded Bears come in with wins in its last two Cup races and with its sights on becoming Ivy champions once again after their two-year reign in 2008 and 2009.

In the lightweight competition, Harvard comes in with an unblemished record and No. 1 national ranking for the third-straight season with aims on keeping the Michael W. Christian Ivy League Lightweight Trophy in Cambridge for a second-consecutive season.

Dartmouth, which finished second to Harvard last year, is in prime position to make some noise at Sprints and grab its first Ivy title since 1984. The Big Green lights had a solid Cup season, bringing home three of the four Cups in the regular season. Dartmouth's first varsity eight enters the Sprints with a 4-1 record with its lone loss coming to top-ranked Harvard back on April 14.

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2012 EARC Sprints Previews courtesy of's Oli Rosenbladt

In 2012, there was a lot of great racing among the EARC heavyweight crews, and many coaches made reference to the great parity among the EARC teams this year. Even with parity however, a familiar squad leads the pack, at least on paper: going into Sunday's Sprints, Harvard once again are the seeded favorites in the marquee events (V8, 2V8, F8), and are seeded second in the 3V and 2F
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With 2012's racing among the EARC Lightweights happening at ferocious speeds yet again and more than a handful of races coming down to the proverbial wire, competition in the EARC seems to be less about straight-up winning and more about surviving to fight again
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