No. 13 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Readies for Eastern Sprints

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew team will begin its postseason racing this Sunday, May 5, competing in the 2019 Eastern Sprints Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

What to Know
- Radcliffe has captured four-straight Eastern Sprints titles, including its 10th in program history at last year's championships. The Black and White bested Northeastern by 4.4 seconds in its varsity eight race to claim the title.
- This marks Radcliffe's 42nd trip to Eastern Sprints, after sweeping the event for the fourth straight-season last year. Prior to 2015, the Black and White had not raced in the event since 2011. Overall, Radcliffe has taken home gold 10 times (1973, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2003, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
- The Black and White improved two spots in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll this week, advancing to No. 13, its highest ranking this season.
- Last time out, Radcliffe's varsity eight boat secured a 21.3 second victory over Northeastern to claim the Rowlands Trophy, clocking in at 7:21.7. The Black and White placed second overall in the varsity eight, falling to Yale in first by 6.8 seconds.

Leading the Way
Liz O'Leary is in the midst of her 33rd season at the helm of Harvard's heavyweight crew program, holding a 206-115 overall record. O'Leary has guided the Black and White to winning marks in 13 of the last 16 seasons, including NCAA Championship appearances in five of the last seven years and 17 times during the 21-year history of the event. That success has continued throughout her tenure with over 200 dual wins, top-finishing crews at Sprints and numerous appearances at national championships.

Up Next
Radcliffe will take a week break before turning its attention to the Ivy League Championships on May 19 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.