The second varsity eight captured Radcliffe's first race win
of the morning. Scroll down for video highlights.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe heavyweight crew won two races and placed second in three, including the varsity eight, in the O’Leary Cup regatta against No. 16 Dartmouth and Syracuse Saturday morning on the Charles River.
The Radcliffe varsity eight (1-4) got off to a good start and held overlap with Dartmouth for 500 meters, but the Big Green steadily moved away in the second 500. The Black and White and Orange continued to battle and were even at the midway point, but Radcliffe moved as it hit the Harvard Bridge. Radcliffe continued to gain ground the rest of the way and beat Syracuse by nearly six seconds in 6:45.2. Dartmouth won in 6:32.0.
“I was happy with the way the varsity responded to Syracuse and raced through the second 1,000 meters,” said head coach Liz O’Leary, who made late changes to each of her boatings due to injury. “We’ve made some good progress and a lot of people stepped up this week. There’s no doubt in my mind that this team is committed to being all we can be.”
The Black and White’s two wins came in the other two NCAA events, the second varsity eight and varsity four A. The second varsity built an open-water lead by the 500-meter mark and won by 11.4 seconds. The four won by 8.3 seconds after getting out to a half-length lead after 500 meters and a full-length margin after 1,000.
The race of the day was the penultimate event, a head-to-head matchup of the Radcliffe and Syracuse B fours. The Black and White held a slight lead early, but the Orange quickly battled back and the teams raced neck-and-neck throughout until Syracuse prevailed by three-tenths of a second. Radcliffe finished 4.7 seconds behind Dartmouth and 22.3 ahead of Syracuse in the third varsity eight.
Second Varsity Eight
Varsity Four A
Varsity Four B
Third Varsity Eight
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