Beanpot Serves as Spring Opener for No. 12 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew

Radcliffe, shown celebrating its Head of the Charles performance in the fall, looks to start a spring full of outstanding results.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe heavyweight crew opens its spring racing season Saturday morning on the Charles River against local rivals Boston College, Boston University, MIT and Northeastern in the annual Beanpot regatta.

Racing Schedule
8 a.m. – Varsity four B
8:24 a.m. – Varsity four A
8:48 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:12 a.m. – Varsity eight
9:36 a.m. – Third varsity eight

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Season Preview
Click here to view the season preview featuring an interview with Radcliffe head coach Liz O'Leary. 

Radcliffe Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox:  Jill Carlson, 8: Michelle Pearson, 7: Eliza Flint, 6: Courtney Diekema, 5: Anne Carroll Ingersoll, 4: Liz Soutter, 3: Deva Steketee, 2: Jessica Mealia, 1: Mary Maginnis

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Greer Rosenbaum, 8: Kelly Bauer, 7: Elizabeth Fitzhenry, 6: Jenna Gregoire, 5: Marisa D'Orsogna, 4: Mimi Tanski, 3: Laura Savarese, 2: Kirsten Van Fossen, 1: Christina McClintock

Varsity Four A
Cox: Jorie Sullivan, 4: Lucy Grinalds, 3: Kristen Faulkner, 2: Meg Kehan, 1: Maura Church

Varsity Four B
Cox: Jenny Wong, 4: Nina Kosaric, 3: Brooke Carter, 2: Taylor Compton, 1: Caitlin Fai

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Christine Hu, 8: Katie Lix, 7: Sidney Hilker, 6: Shauna Stewart, 5: Katherine Ingersoll, 4: Morgan Keefe, 3: Theresa Gebert, 2: Ronit Malka, 1: Jenna Anglin

Last Season
Radcliffe is coming off an outstanding campaign that saw the Black and White varsity eight finish 11-4 in dual racing and place fifth at the EAWRC Sprints, earning a berth at the NCAA Championships. At the national regatta in Gold River, Calif., Radcliffe won the varsity eight third-level final to place 13th in the varsity competition and 14th in the team standings. The Black and White defeated its final eight and 10 of its last 11 dual opponents, including No. 10 Ohio State and rival Yale.

History Lesson
Last April, the Black and White varsity eight captured the Beanpot for the fourth time in the five-year history of the event, while Radcliffe took home the team points banner for the fifth straight season. The varsity eight pulled away to a lopsided win, finishing 8.1 seconds ahead of second-place Northeastern in 6:43.9. The Black and White second varsity eight and varsity four were also victorious.

More Hardware
Radcliffe is also racing Boston University for the Allen-DeWolfe Trophy and competing against Northeastern for the Rowlands Trophy, both of which the Black and White captured with last year's varsity wins. Radcliffe has won five straight races for the Allen-DeWolfe Trophy and holds an 12-3 lead in the cup series. Thanks to 12 wins in the last 13 years, the Black and White leads the Huskies, 13-5, in the Rowlands series.

Leading the Black and White
Radcliffe's captains are seniors Jill Carlson and Kirsten Van Fossen.