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Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Opens Against Tulsa, MIT

The Black and White is ready to start the season (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight crew opens its 2011 spring season against Tulsa and MIT Saturday morning on the Charles River. The varsity eight will split in half to take on fours from the Golden Hurricane and Engineers, while the second varsity will match up head-to-head with MIT.

The Course
The 2,000-meter course for Harvard and Radcliffe's home races begins in the Charles River Basin, roughly 100 meters upstream from the Longfellow Bridge and continues upstream until to the finish line just downstream of the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Popular spectator viewing areas include the finish line in front of the Hyatt and the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue) at the course's midpoint.

Watch From Home
Saturday's racing marks the debut of video streaming for Harvard and Radcliffe's home races. All of the crews' home races in 2011 are scheduled to be streamed on GoCrimson.com, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway.

Harvard/Radcliffe Race Schedule
8 a.m. – Radcliffe heavyweight varsity four
8:24 a.m. – Radcliffe heavyweight second varsity eight
8:48 a.m. – Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight
9 a.m. – Harvard lightweight varsity eight
9:12 a.m. – Radcliffe lightweight varsity four (first varsity)
9:24 a.m. – Harvard lightweight second varsity eight
9:36 a.m. – Radcliffe lightweight second varsity eight
9:48 a.m. – Harvard lightweight freshman eight
10 a.m. – Harvard lightweight third varsity eight
10:12 a.m. – Harvard lightweight freshman four

Lineups
Varsity Four A
Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 4: Lizzy Bates, 3: Natalie Wong, 2: Emma Lukasiewicz, 1: Kelly McCarthy

Varsity Four B
Cox: Jana Douglas, 4: Marissa Reichel, 3: Erika McCormick, 2: Lillian Alexander, 1: Julia Mason

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Erin Driscoll, 8. Erin Flynn, 7. Leah Schwartz, 6. Devi Lockwood, 5. Elizabeth Hamilton, 4. Emily Boyd Walker, 3. Veronique Irwin, 2. Wynne Evans, 1. Juliana Stone

Last Season
The Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight placed third at EAWRC Sprints last season to earn its first varsity Sprints medal in four years. With the second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight all placing second, the Black and White was the only lightweight squads to see each of its competing athletes leave Sprints with a medal. Radcliffe posted a 4-3 dual record and went on to place fourth at the IRA National Championships.

Who's Back?
Eight of nine members of last season's lightweight varsity eight have returned: coxswain Jana Douglas, Marissa Reichel, Natalie Wong, Lizzy Bates, Kelly McCarthy, Emma Lukasiewicz, Elizabeth Hamilton and Erika McCormick. The Black and White is captained by Wong and fellow senior Leah Schwartz.

In the Fall
The Black and White put together a strong fall campaign, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Head Of The Charles Regatta. Radcliffe trailed only Wisconsin and Princeton and placed ahead of Stanford, Georgetown and seven other crews. Radcliffe had the fastest lightweight entry in each of its other fall regattas, the Head of the Housatonic and the Foot of the Charles.