INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Qualifying for postseason play as a team for the 18th time in program history, No. 14 Radcliffe heavyweight crew wrapped up the opening day of the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park today, May 31. The Black and White's first varsity and second varsity earned fourth in their respective heats, while the varsity fours placed fifth. Each boat will move into the C/D semifinals for the remainder of the regatta.
Radcliffe's first varsity eight boat earned a fourth-place finish after racing against Stanford, Michigan, Rutgers, Rhode Island and Marist. After a strong opening and closing 500m, the Black and White clocked in at a time of 6:20.0, 18 seconds ahead of fifth-place Rhode Island and just four seconds behind third-place Rutgers.
The Black and White's second varsity also recorded a fourth-place finish, facing competition against California, Virginia, Indiana, Gonzaga and Rhode Island in its heat. Radcliffe came out of the gates strong, trailing second place by just one second. The Black and White and Indiana went back-and-forth throughout the heat, as Radcliffe ultimately clocked in two-seconds behind the Hoosiers at 6:34.4.
Rounding out the day, Radcliffe's varsity four boat placed fifth amongst its competitors, taking on Washington, California, Brown and Iowa. The Black and White finished at 7:44.0.
All repechage races were canceled due to weather.
Each of the Black and White's boats will move into the C/D semifinals tomorrow, June 1.