Diekema, Steketee Compete at C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints Indoor Rowing Event

Radcliffe heavyweight crew members, shown here at the Head of the Charles, competed in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. indoor event last weekend (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two Radcliffe heavyweight crew members took part in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 17 at Boston University's Agganis Arena. Senior Courtney Diekema placed eighth in the open women category, while junior Deva Steketee came in 14th.

Diekema, who looks to be a key member of the Black and White's heavyweight eight this spring, was third among rowers currently enrolled in college. She stopped the clock at 6:58.5, while Steketee, another predicted member of Radcliffe's top eight boat in 2013, finished in 7:06.9.

Diekema and Steketee were joined by the freshman of the Radcliffe heavyweight crew on the competition floor of Agganis Arena. The class decided to volunteer as coxswains and were able to see different ways to approach a 2,000-meter erg test. Some of the most elite rowing athletes were present at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. event.

The Radcliffe heavyweight crew will begin the spring season March 23 with the Beanpot on the Charles River.