Radcliffe Lights Take Class of 1999 Cup with First Win at Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J.—The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight won on the road against No. 5 Princeton for the first time Saturday on Lake Carnegie, reclaiming the Class of 1999 Cup for the first time since 2009.
The Black and White novice eight also won to start off Radcliffe's second sweep in seven days as it prepares for Eastern Sprints May 13. The varsity win was Radcliffe's second dual victory in seven races since the establishment of Class of 1999 Cup in 2006.
"We had a great weekend here," said head coach Michiel Bartman. "Both the crews raced really well. They got out in front and maintained their leads."
The Radcliffe varsity eight's lead nearly reached open water by the time the Black and White made it to the end of the 2,000-meter course in 7:00.3. The Tigers were 3.1 seconds back. The Black and White claimed its third trophy in as many head-to-head regattas this spring.
Princeton's novice eight stayed closer, but Radcliffe hung on to win by a half-length, clocking in at 7:29.6. The Tigers were just 1.2 seconds off the pace.
"We're looking forward to Sprints," Bartman said. "We have another week to go, where we'll use the time wisely to gain more speed, but for now I'm really happy to get the Class of 1999 Cup back to Cambridge."
The Radcliffe lightweight second varsity raced as two fours back on the Charles River against heavyweight crews from Radcliffe, Boston University and Northeastern. Both Black and White lightweight boats finished behind only their Radcliffe heavyweight opposition and ahead of their Boston neighbors.
Radcliffe at Princeton
Radcliffe vs. Radcliffe, Boston University, Northeastern Heavyweights
Varsity Four B
Radcliffe Heavyweights 8:45.2
Radcliffe Lightweights 8:46.4
Boston University 9:43.7
Varsity Four C
Radcliffe Heavyweights 9:08.9
Radcliffe Lightweights 9:48.3
Boston University 10:15.6