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No. 5 Brown Defeats No. 19 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew

Kirsten Van Fossen helped Radcliffe win a hotly contested varsity four A race (photo courtesy David Silverman).

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The varsity four A recorded the only win of the day for the 19th-ranked Radcliffe heavyweight crew in its first dual regatta of the season, as No. 5 Brown won four races Saturday on the Seekonk River under sunny skies and against a building headwind.

The varsity four A outlasted the Bears in a close race, finishing one second ahead in 7:56.1. Both crews got off to a great start, but Radcliffe led throughout. Brown closed in the third 500 meters but could not overcome the Black and White sprint.

In the varsity eight, there was overlap between the boats for the first 750 meters, but Brown (3-1) then pulled away and finished in 6:50.2 to Radcliffe’s 7:05.5. The Bears also picked up wins in the second varsity eight, third varsity eight and varsity four B/C races, with Radcliffe’s entries posting times of 7:19.6, 7:52.3 and 8:42.4, respectively.

Varsity Eight
Brown 6:50.2
Radcliffe 7:05.5

Second Varsity Eight
Brown 7:03.2
Radcliffe 7:19.6

Third Varsity Eight
Brown 7:25.4
Radcliffe 7:52.3

Varsity Four A
Radcliffe 7:56.1
Brown 7:57.1

Varsity Four B/C
Brown B 8:15.4
Brown C 8:18.5
Radcliffe B 8:42.4

Radcliffe Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Jill Carlson, 8: Olivia Coffey, 7: Laura Huppert, 6: Meg Kehan, 5: Jessica Flakne, 4: Michelle Pearson, 3: Christine Baugh, 2: Kate Morris, 1: Rachel Knaster

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Amanda Deutsch, 8: Mary Maginnis, 7: Michaela Pewarski, 6: Celia Kohl, 5: Tara Larson, 4: Katie O'Hanlon, 3: Ariel Delgado, 2: Molly Tarrant, 1: Liz Soutter

Varsity Four A
Cox: Rachel Rauh, 4: Jennie Peterson 3: Jess Mealia, 2: Kirsten Van Fossen, 1: Scout Moran

Varsity Four B
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 4: Eleanor Conover, 3: Laura Savarese, 2: Meg Johnson, 1: Lucy Chen

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Joselyn Lai, 8: Mary Miller, 7: Margo Leger, 6: Mary Jackson, 5: Marisa D'Orsogna, 4: Molly Griffin, 3: Sophie Bearman, 2: Alex Kushner, 1: Christina McClintock