CAMDEN, N.J.—The Radcliffe lightweight second varsity eight earned the Black and White's first Women's Sprints gold in a half-decade as all three boats earned medals Sunday on the Cooper River.
The second varsity eight, which had placed second each of the last three years, captured Radcliffe's first Sprints gold since the novice eight won in 2007. The varsity and novice eights each finished third. It was the varsity's third straight bronze.
"Overall, I can say we had a great weekend here," Michiel Bartman said following his first Sprints as Radcliffe head coach. "It was a great performance, and now we're gearing up for IRAs."
The Radcliffe second varsity finished comfortably ahead of the field, posting a time of 6:51.535 that was nearly five seconds better than second-place Wisconsin.
"The 2V race was very well executed," Bartman said. "It was a very solid race, and we had a clear lead in the last couple hundred meters. Winning a championship is great for all of us, and it shows the depth of the program."
Radcliffe's varsity eight finished in 6:37.699, topping Georgetown by 5.5 seconds for the bronze and finishing just 1.4 seconds back of runner-up Bucknell in a field of seven boats. Wisconsin won the Eastern title by four seconds over the Bison.
"We're happy, of course, with the bronze medal," said Bartman. "I think it shows consistency throughout the whole season. In the end, we were very close to the other crews ahead of us, and we'll keep working hard on a couple things to make up that margin over the next few weeks."
The novice eight clocked a time of 7:17.686 to finish 4.3 seconds behind silver-medalist Princeton, while the Badgers won in 7:06.051.
Bartman said, "The novice eight raced really well. They came off the water feeling very happy and felt that they had a really good race."
Second Varsity Eight