Pictured: Radcliffe's championship four moves through the field after crossing under the Anderson Bridge.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—A fourth-place finish in the women's championship fours highlighted the Radcliffe heavyweight crew's weekend competing in the 46th Head Of The Charles Regatta Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River.
Radcliffe's championship four was made up of top athletes returning from last season's varsity eight, and they were among the fastest entries in the 20-boat field. They owned the second-fastest time through the final time checkpoint, the Cambridge Boat Club, but were slowed by two boats that were later penalized for impeded their passing.
The Black and White finished in 18:00.008, less than two seconds behind third-place Riverside Boat Club. Cornell and Brown took the top two spots in the race. Fifth-place Virginia was nearly seven seconds off Radcliffe's time and was followed by Princeton less than a second later.
"They had a really strong race," head coach Liz O'Leary said of the Radcliffe four. "It was a fun weekend. It was great to have a majority of our program out there racing and great to have a large alumni group back together. That's a lot of what this weekend is all about."
Radcliffe fielded a pair of championship eights, which placed 17th and 22nd. The championship eight A crossed the finish in 16:54.651. The Black and White club eight had a strong showing Saturday, taking eighth place among 30 crews in 18:43.437. Two full eights of Radcliffe alumnae also competed, earning 10th-place and 15th-place finishes.
O'Leary herself registered a win, as well as a 30-year anniversary. Her Etats Unis Rowing Club took first in the women's senior-master eights event Saturday. The team was made up of athletes named to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but unable to compete in Moscow due to the U.S. boycott of the Games.
Championship Eight A
Cox: Jill Carlson, 8: Mary Maginnis, 7: Scout Moran, 6: Meg Kehan, 5: Tara Larson, 4: Kelly Bauer, 3: Marisa D'Orsogna, 2: Kirsten Van Fossen, 1: Jess Mealia
Championship Eight B
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 8: Katie Wilcox, 7: Charlotte Lane, 6: Brooke Carter, 5: Susan Overall, 4: Maddie Gray, 3: Miruna Ioan, 2: Nori Welles-Gertz, 1: Christina McClintock
Cox: Greer Rosenbaum, 8: Meg Johnson, 7: Mary Miller, 6: Deva Steketee, 5: Courtney Diekema, 4: Sarah Reilly, 3: Laura Savarese, 2: Shauna Stewart, 1: Caitlin Fai
Cox: Mary Piscetello Mercer '00, 8: Caryn Davies '05, 7: Christine Baugh '10, 6: Laura Huppert '10, 5: Katie Golden '07, 4: Alex Kuschner '10, 3: Danielle Thiriot '07, 2: Jessica Zofnass '08, 1: Sarah Moore '09
Cox: Lizellen LaFollette '79, 8: Susie Mahan '91, 7: Sally Donahue, 6: Cynthia Hibbard '79, 5: Nelia Newell '79, 4: Anne Harrington '82, 3: Nancy Kerrebrock '79, 2: Kathy Kirk '80, 1: Nicki Mauro '81
Radcliffe 2010 Head Of The Charles Regatta Results
Women's senior-master singles: Cambridge Boat Club (Ellen Kennelly '85) – 8th of 22, 22:58.998
Women's senior-master eights: Etats Unis (Liz O'Leary) – 1st of 29, 18:35.435
Women's senior-master eights: Radcliffe Association of Rowing Alumnae – 15th of 29, 20:27.510
Women's alumni eights: Radcliffe Association of Rowing Alumnae – 10th of 32, 19:22.770
Men's club fours: Harvard heavyweight crew – 7th of 58, 18:02.235
Men's club eights: Harvard heavyweight crew A – 1st, 15:09.811
Men's club eights: Harvard heavyweight crew B – 3rd, 15:40.274
Men's club eights: Harvard lightweight crew – 25th of 42, 16:59.971
Women's club eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew – 8th of 30, 18:43.437
Women's master doubles: Cambridge Boat Club (Lindsay Burns '87 and Linda Muri) – 2nd of 21, 20:15.796
Men's senior-veteran singles: Harvard University (Harry Parker) – 16th of 27, 24:10.427 (23:22.427 after handicap)
Men's championship fours: Harvard heavyweight crew A – 6th of 15, 16:20.376
Men's championship fours: Harvard heavyweight crew B – 10th of 15, 16:45.008
Women's championship fours: Radcliffe heavyweight crew – 4th of 20, 18:00.008
Men's championship eights: Harvard heavyweight crew A – 2nd of 35, 14:02.323
Men's championship eights: Harvard heavyweight crew B – 9th of 35, 14:21.288
Women's championship eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew A – 17th of 30, 16:54.651
Women's championship eights: Radcliffe heavyweight crew B – 22nd of 30, 17:12.115
Men's lightweight fours: Harvard lightweight crew – 9th of 19, 16:41.207
Men's lightweight eights: Harvard lightweight crew A – 3rd of 21, 14:24.146
Men's lightweight eights: Harvard lightweight crew B – 4th of 21, 14:30.849
Men's lightweight eights: Harvard lightweight crew C – 17th of 21, 15:30.423
Women's lightweight eights: Radcliffe lightweight crew A – 3rd of 12, 16:33.524
Women's lightweight eights: Radcliffe lightweight crew B – 7th of 12, 17:13.904