The Radcliffe varsity eight was all alone by the time it reached the finish line.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The fourth-ranked Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight and the Black and White second varsity both finished ahead of No. 7 Buffalo Sunday morning on the Charles River Basin.
A day after windy conditions forced Radcliffe's races to be moved upstream, the crews were able to race in the Basin, but conditions remained very treacherous, with a gusting headwind and whitecaps. The Black and White proved to be up to the test.
"I think both boats had very good performances today in very challenging conditions, and I'm excited about what we can do next," head coach Heather Cartwright said after meeting with her team to review the race. "We've identified areas we can work on, but I was happy with the way we came back out today and rowed well in rough conditions."
The Radcliffe varsity (4-1) got off the starting line quickly and led throughout the race. The Black and White extended its advantage on the Bulls (0-2) to a boat length in the first 600 meters and went on to post a time of 8:18.7, defeating Buffalo by 27.2 seconds.
The second varsity eight trailed Buffalo in the early going but passed the Bulls 900 meters into the race. The Radcliffe boat built a lead from there, eventually finishing 11.2 seconds ahead of Buffalo in 8:34.7.
Radcliffe 1V 8:18.7
Radcliffe 2V 8:34.7