Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Opens 2014 Season at Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its 44th season of competition, the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight rowing team heads to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown Saturday, April 5. This will be the second-straight season that the Black and White begins its season against the Bears.
In the Polls
Radcliffe opened the season at No. 11 in the NCAA rankings with 257 points. Ohio State earned the top spot with 13 first place votes, followed by California and Virginia.
In the Launch
In her 28th season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2013-14, head coach Liz O'Leary owns a 191-93 career dual record with 14 appearances in the NCAA Championship, including the 2003 title and a 2005 bronze medal finish.
The Black and White's second varsity edged Brown a year ago, but the 1V was unable to overcome the Bears on choppy water with a gusting cross headwind.
The Radcliffe varsity eight finished eighth overall at the NCAA Championships a season ago, leading the squad to an 11th-place showing. The second varsity placed fourth overall at the event.
Brown, ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll, bested No. 5 Princeton last Saturday to reclaim the Class of 1987 Trophy for the first time since 2007, also defeating Michigan State. The Bears took three of the five races, including the 1V event by three seconds, to earn the win.
Radcliffe returns home to host Princeton and Cornell for the Class of 1975 Cup Saturday, April 12. The races will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The Black and White will also compete for the Beanpot Sunday, April 13 against Boston University and Northeastern.