No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweights Face Rival Princeton in Dual Finale

Kelly McCarthy, Elizabeth Lenczowski and Elizabeth Hamilton have helped the Radcliffe varsity win both of its previous head-to-head races.

The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew visits rival Princeton, ranked fifth, for the Class of 1999 Cup in the finale of the 2012 dual-racing season Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.

Racing Schedule
11:25 a.m. – Novice eight
11:40 a.m. – Varsity eight

Watch From Home
Live video of the races is scheduled to be available here.

Last Weekend
Each of Radcliffe's three boats raced to a win last weekend. The second varsity eight came from behind to top Wisconsin, Stanford and MIT in Saturday's invitational regatta. The varsity placed third, behind the No. 2 Badgers and top-ranked Cardinal, and then topped MIT for the Muri Cup the following morning. The Black and White novice eight also beat the Engineers to win their first novice race.

Last Season
Radcliffe and Princeton split a pair of races on the Charles River. The Tigers won the varsity race by 7.1 seconds before the Black and White second varsity overcame choppy water and gusty winds for a 12.7-second victory.

History Lesson
The Black and White is seeking its second Class of 1999 Cup win and its first since 2009. The Tigers lead the all-time series between the teams, 12-2, and have won five of the six matchups since competition for the cup began in 2006. Radcliffe is seeking its first road win against Princeton. Including this weekend, both Radcliffe and Princeton have been ranked among the nation's top five in each of their last 11 dual meetings, with one crew coming in as No. 1 in six of those years.

Championship Rivalry
The Radcliffe and Princeton lightweight varsities have combined for 19 Eastern titles (Radcliffe 12, Princeton 7) and six national championships (Princeton 5, Radcliffe 1).

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton posted a 2.3-second win against No. 6 Georgetown last weekend. The Tigers previously finished third at the Knecht Cup and second in the San Diego Crew Classic.

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox:  Maryana Vrubel, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Katherine Mallett, 6: Emma Lukasiewicz, 5: Elizabeth Hamilton, 4: Elizabeth Lenczowski, 3: Kelly McCarthy, 2: Adelaide Backer, 1: Elizabeth MacEachern

Novice Eight
Cox: Elissa Lin, 8: Katherine Fair, 7: Kelsey Rankin, 6: Claire Harmange, 5: Olivia Krusel, 4:Kiara Kealoha, 3: Priya Duvvuri, 2: Glynis Healey, 1: Emma Framson