CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Winners of the second-annual Beanpot, Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew will be back on the Charles this weekend, hosting the Georgetown for the Class of 2004 Cup Saturday, April 5.
Coxswain: Erin Driscoll; Stroke: Naomi Lang; 7: Adelaide Backer; 6: Elizabeth Pate; 5: Gabrielle McNeill; 4: Claire Harmange; 3: Katherine Mallett; 2 Elizabeth Lenczowski; Bow: Olivia Henry
Varsity Four C
Last Time Out
For the second-straight year, Radcliffe won the Beanpot last Saturday to open the 2014 season. The varsity and second varsity eights both won by open water in excellent racing conditions.
In the Polls
Radcliffe entered the USRowing preseason poll at the No. 3 position with 136 points. Stanford ranks first overall (156 points), with Wisconsin not far ahead of the Black and White at No. 2 (141 points).
Last Year's Race
The Radcliffe lightweight crew swept a pair of races from Georgetown last year, taking home the Class of 2004 Cup after winning the V8 race with a time of 6:32.3. The Black and White opened up a lead of one length on the Hoyas through the first 500 meters, before pulling away to win with open water.
In the Launch
A successful rowing coach at multiple levels, Elizabeth "Lou" Berl begins her first season with the Radcliffe lights in 2014. Formerly the head coach at her alma mater Trinity College, Berl also has stops with Virginia and Ohio State.
Radcliffe upped its bronze medal performance from 2012 with a second-place finish a season ago at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. The Black and White was clipped by Stanford in the grand final. The lightweight four also crossed second, edged out by Wisconsin.
Georgetown won the Class of 2006 Cup for the third-consecutive year last Saturday, sweeping all four events in the win at North Carolina. The 1V crossed in 7:09.5, finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of UNC on smooth, calm waters.
Radcliffe will be back in action on the Charles April 19 and 20. The lights welcome a powerful lineup of teams – MIT, Stanford and Wisconsin – for the Lightweight Invitational, which will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network. Stanford and Wisconsin finished first and third, respectively, last year at the IRA National Championship. The Black and White will also race MIT in the Muri Cup Sunday.