Class of 1975 Cup Against Cornell, Princeton Next for Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Radcliffe heavyweight crew will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete for the Class of 1975 Cup alongside Cornell and Princeton Saturday morning.
8:35 a.m. – 3V
9:05 a.m. – 1V
9:35 a.m. – 2V
10:05 a.m. – V4A
10:30 a.m. – V4B
10:35 a.m. – 4V
Coxswain: Greer Rosenbaum; Stroke: Michelle Pearson; 7: Jessica Mealia; 6: Mimi Tanski; 5:Courtney Diekema; 4: Jenna Gregoire; 3: Frederika Archibald; 2: Mary Maginnis; Bow: Elizabeth Fitzhenry
To be announced
Last Time Out
The Radcliffe heavyweight crew's second varsity eight edged Brown, but the first varsity eight fell to the Bears Saturday on the Charles River. Race conditions were challenging throughout the morning, especially in the later races when choppy water increased, with temperatures in the low 30s and a gusting cross headwind between 15-18 miles per hour. The first varsity fell, 7:22.6 to 7:24.5, while the second varsity won, 7:27.7 to 7:31.1.
Related Link: Brown Bests Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew's First Varsity Eight
In the Rankings
Radcliffe enters the weekend ranked No. 11 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells. The Black and White are the fourth ranked Ivy League crew behind Princeton (No. 5), Brown (No. 9) and Yale (No. 10). Southern California leads the list and received all 25 first-place votes after dominating the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend.
Related Link: Complete CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll
No. 17 Cornell (Crew Page)
The Big Red dropped four of five races to Yale April 6, as the Bulldogs claimed the Cayuga Cup for the first time since 2010, on the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y. Yale's first varsity won by 5.2 seconds and the second varsity eased to a 10.1-second victory. Cornell's only victory of the day came in the third varsity race, where the Big Red topped Yale, 7:35.3 to 7:41.5
No. 5 Princeton (Crew Page)
The Tigers are 3-0 this season after sweeping Columbia April 6. Despite the wins, Princeton dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the latest national poll. The Tigers won with open water against the Lions in three of its four races last weekend, including an 11 second victory in the varsity eights contest.
In the Fall
The Black and White competed at four regattas during the fall season, including the famous Head of the Charles. Radcliffe kept up with some of the world's best rowers in the championship eights race, one of the marquee events at the HOCR. Rowing in bow No. 2, Radcliffe earned seventh place in the star-studded race. Among the boats was USRowing, which had a number of gold-medal winning Olympians from the 2012 London games. Two of those athletes, Caryn Davies '05 and Esther Lofgren '09, are former Radcliffe crew members. USRowing paced the three-mile course in 16:23.49 with Cambridge Boat Club just behind. Radcliffe completed the winding route in 17:06.15, good for third place among college crews. The Black and White rowed side-by-side with USRowing for much of the race, including a stretch past Weld Boathouse, as the Olympians attempted to pass.
Ivy League-champion Radcliffe capped an outstanding season with a ninth-place varsity finish and 12th-place team showing at the NCAA Championships, which wrapped up with a day of extremely close racing May 27 on steamy Mercer Lake. The Black and White finished third, just three hundredths of a second out of second place, in the varsity eight petite final, fifth in the varsity four petite final and fourth in the second varsity eight third-level final. Radcliffe totaled 32 points in the team standings for its best showing since placing ninth in the team competition and seventh in varsity racing in 2008.
The Beanpot was postponed March 23 due to the threat of cold temperatures and high winds. The regatta featuring Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University, Radcliffe, Holy Cross, and MIT has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28.
Radcliffe goes to Syracuse, N.Y., next Saturday to meet Syracuse and Dartmouth for the O'Leary Cup, before returning to the Charles River the following weekend. The Black and White will race Yale on April 27 with a free live video stream being provided by GoCrimson.com.