No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweights Cap Weekend with Sweep of No. 8 MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight crew closed out a busy weekend of racing on the Charles River with a two-race sweep of MIT Sunday morning.
The Black and White novice eight started the morning with its first win of the season, and the fourth-ranked Radcliffe varsity eight posted a convincing win against No. 8 MIT in the third race of the weekend for both crews. There was a tailwind on the Charles that increased throughout the morning.
"Every crew had a win this weekend, so I can't complain," said head coach Michiel Bartman, whose second varsity eight won Saturday against Stanford, Wisconsin and MIT. "The races went very well today. Our team is really moving well, and we're looking forward to our next cup race, against Princeton next week."
The novice eight, which had only previously raced against the Georgetown and Radcliffe second varsities, topped the MIT novices by open water in 7:31.2. The Engineers completed the 2,000-meter course 7.1 seconds later, in 7:38.3.
"The novice eight had a great race for their first win as a novice eight," Bartman said. "They felt that they definitely improved from the race against Georgetown. They showed well."
Radcliffe's varsity eight won by 33.8 seconds. The Black and White pulled away early and, despite racing on its own over much of the course, posted a fast time of 6:41.8. That was not far off the pace of No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Wisconsin, who also raced Sunday morning on the Charles. Stanford avenged its loss to Wisconsin in Saturday's lightweight invitational grand final, in which Radcliffe placed third. The Badgers' time Sunday was just 1.5 seconds faster than the Black and White's.
"They executed the race better than yesterday, which showed in the time compared to the varsity race between Wisconsin and Stanford." Bartman said. "I was very happy with the result."