No. 1 Radcliffe Lightweight Varsity Eight Advances to IRA Grand Final

The varsity eight approaches the finish line Saturday morning (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

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GOLD RIVER, Calif. –
Seeds held true in Saturday morning's women's lightweight eight heats at the IRA National Championships, as No. 1 Radcliffe and No. 2 Stanford each won by over a length in their respective heats on Lake Natoma. Both crews advanced to the grand final for a national championship showdown at 11:35 a.m. tomorrow along with second-place finishers Wisconsin and Bucknell.

Radcliffe rowed on calm waters with pleasant 70-degree morning temperatures in the first race of the day.

The Black and White varsity eight opened quickly and were up two-thirds of a length by the 500-meter mark. Radcliffe cruised from there, building its lead slightly in the remainder of the race, to win by just over one length.

Radcliffe crossed the finish line in 6:38.99, while Wisconsin recorded a 6:42.28 and Georgetown was in at 6:51.88. Stanford produced the fastest time of the morning with a 6:38.39 in the second heat.

The Black and White also rowed in the varsity four and finished second in the only heat. Today's race determined lanes for tomorrow's grand final. Radcliffe will row in lane four.

Lightweight Women's Eight – Heat 1
Radcliffe – 6:38.99
Wisconsin – 6:42.28
Georgetown – 6:51.88

Lightweight Women's Eight – Heat 2
Stanford – 6:38.39
Bucknell – 6:43.70
Princeton – 6:46.78
MIT – 6:58.84

Lightweight Women's Varsity Four
Wisconsin – 7:27.00
Radcliffe – 7:31.94
Fordham – 7:35.71
Stanford – 7:42.76
Princeton – 7:45.44
MIT – 8:07.62

First Varsity
Emma Framson; 2: Claire Harmange; 3:Taylor Garden; 4: Naomi Lang; 5: Katherine Mallett; 6: Emma Lukasiewicz; 7: Adelaide Backer; Stroke: Elizabeth Lenczowski; Coxswain:Erin Driscoll

Lightweight Four
Stroke: Andrea Linares; 3: Elizabeth MacEachern; 2:Elizabeth Hamilton; Bow: Gabrielle McNeill; Coxswain: Elissa Lin

Alternates: Ronit MalkaOlivia Henry