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Heavyweight Crew Battles for Olympic Axe

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Men's Heavyweight Rowing
Saturday, Apr. 7
- vs. Yale (New Haven, Conn.)

The Dartmouth men's heavyweight team is back on the water this week battling Ivy League foe, Yale for the Olympic Axe. Races are set to go off starting at 9:15 a.m. on the Housatonic River.You can watch the races live here.

Schedule of Events
Freshman Eight + -
9:15 a.m.
Second/ Third Varsity Eight + -
9:35 a.m.
First Varsity Eight +-
9:55 a.m.

Big Green Tidbits
The Season is Officially Underway -
The Big Green opened the 2012 season in earnest last weekend in a tri-regatta against Holy Cross, Columbia and MIT in New York. Dartmouth won two races; the second varsity eight and the novice eight races in what was its season-opener.

Men's Heavyweights Join Women's Crew in New Haven - There will be a lot of Dartmouth Green in New Haven this weekend as both the women's crew team and the heavyweight team will be racing Yale this weekend.

Battling For the Olympic Axe - The weekend's race between Dartmouth and Yale will be the first of five Cup races for the Big Green this season. The Olympic Axe has been awarded to the winner of the Dartmouth-Yale race since 2004. Dartmouth has yet to win the Olympic Axe.

Welcome to the Big Green Team - The heavyweight squad features 12 newcomers this season. The Big Green add rowers, Paul Champeau (Hillsborough, Calif.), Henry Franco (New Canaan, Conn.), Andrew Kenealy (Sudbury, Mass.), Maximilian Kinne (Longmeadow, Mass.), Stuart Maeder (Washington, D.C.), Alec Marchuk (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Richard Newsome-White (Christchurch, New Zealand) Brett Nicholas (Laguna Hills, Calif.) Bryan Rogers (Melville, N.Y.), and Robert Truesdale (Dover, Mass.). Alexander Steele (Orinda, Calif.) and Erica McGale (Irvine, Calif.) are both coxswains.

Dartmouth Opens Season Ranked No. 17 in USRowing Collegiate Poll - The Big Green, earned a No. 17 ranking in the first poll of the 2012 season released on March 28. The poll ranks the top men's varsity eights throughout the country. Harvard has the top boat while Washington, Cal, Princeton and Wisconsin round out the top five. Other league boats receiving votes are Yale at No. 6, Brown at No. 7, Cornell at No. 8, Columbia at No. 13 and Penn at No. 16.  

Two Home Races on Tap - Dartmouth crew fans will have two instances in which they can catch the Big Green on the Connecticut River this season. The men will host Boston University and Rutgers on April 14 and will close the season by welcoming Syracuse to Hanover on May 20.

Leader of the Pack - Head coach Topher Bordeau returns for his sixth season as the man in charge of the Dartmouth heavyweight crew team. Bordeau is assisted by former Dartmouth rower, Andrew Hilton, who has been a member of the staff since 2010.

Probably Lineups
First Varsity 8 +:
Cox: Reilly Bertasi, Stroke: Matthew Gallira, 7-Quinn Harper, 6-Jesse Reisner, 5-Hunter Dray, 4-Joseph Polwrek, 3-EJ Miller, 2-Nate Kania, 1-Brendan Stoner

Second Varsity 8+: Cox: Kristine Abo, Stroke: John Strizich, 7-Jack Heise, 6-Tyler Maloney, 5-Graeme Calloway, 4-Ryan Ganong, 3-Tim Brown, 2-Michael Odokara-Okigbo, 1-David Mulrey

Freshman 8+: Cox: Alexander Steele, Stroke: Andrew Kenealy, 7-Robert Truesdale, 6- Stuart Maeder, 5- Richard Newsome-White, 4-Henry Franco, 3-Bryan Rogers, 2- Maximilian Kinne, 1- Paul Champeau

Upcoming Schedule
April 14 - vs. Boston University/Rutgers (Bill Cup)  - Hanover, N.H.

April 21- at Brown (Atalanta Cup) - Providence, R.I.