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No. 4 Radcliffe Lights Host Top-Ranked Rival Princeton, No. 6 Bucknell

The Black and White will be back in the Charles River Basin for the second straight race day following a detour to the Powerhouse last Saturday (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew faces top-ranked Princeton and No. 6 Bucknell with the Class of 1999 Cup on the line Saturday morning on the Charles River.

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
Free live video from all of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 is 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 Racing Schedule
7:24 a.m. – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
7:36 a.m. – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight
7:48 a.m. – Men's lightweight varsity eight
8 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
8:12 a.m. – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:24 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity four
8:36 a.m. – Men's lightweight third varsity eight
8:48 a.m. – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight/fourth varsity eight
9 a.m. – Men's lightweight second freshman eight
9:24 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight
9:48 a.m. – Women's lightweight second varsity eight

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Natalie Wong, 6: Emma Lukasiewicz, 5: Lizzy Bates, 4: Lillian Alexander, 3: Kelly McCarthy, 2: Erika McCormick, 1: Julia Mason

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Jana Douglas, 8: Devi Lockwood, 7: Katherine Mallett, 6: Wynne Evans, 5: Elizabeth Hamilton, 4: Erin Flynn, 3: Emiko Zumbro, 2: Emily Boyd Walker, 1: Veronique Irwin

Last Weekend
The Radcliffe lightweight second varsity eight defeated Stanford by 4.8 seconds Saturday, but the No. 2 Cardinal varsity won to claim the Class of 2010 Invitational Cup. Both races were rowed in the Powerhouse stretch of the Charles after conditions forced them to be moved from the regular two-kilometer course.

A day later, both Black and White boats finished ahead of the No. 7 Buffalo varsity. The varsity eight (4-1) led throughout and defeated the Bulls by 27.2 seconds, while the second varsity came from behind and went on to finish 11.2 seconds ahead of Buffalo.

History Lesson
These three teams raced last year at Princeton, with the host Tigers defeating runner-up Radcliffe by 2.3 seconds and Bucknell finishing 14 seconds back of the Black and White. The win gave the Class of 1999 Cup back to Princeton after Radcliffe's 2009 win on the Charles and increased the Tigers' edge in the cup series to 9-2.

Including this weekend, both Radcliffe and Princeton have been ranked among the nation's top five in each of the last 10 dual meetings, with one crew coming in as No. 1 in six of those years. On three occasions, the Class of 1999 Cup race was between the No. 1 and No. 2 crews in the country.

Championship Rivalry
The Radcliffe and Princeton lightweight varsities have combined for 18 Eastern titles (Radcliffe 12, Princeton 6) and six national championships (Princeton 5, Radcliffe 1).

Scouting the Opposition
Bucknell (1-1) is racing against the Tigers for the second time this spring. The Bison varsity eight opened the season with a loss at Princeton but bounced back with third-place finish in the Knecht Cup grand final, ahead of the Wisconsin B entry, Buffalo and MIT. Last weekend, the Bison lightweight varsity finished before the Bucknell and Delaware heavyweight second varsities.

Princeton (5-0) enters Saturday's race on a layoff of nearly three weeks. Its regatta last weekend at Georgetown was postponed to April 30 due to poor racing conditions. In addition to their previous win against Bucknell, the Tigers have defeated Stanford, Wisconsin, MIT and Saint Mary's this season.