INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On day two of the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships, No. 14 Radcliffe heavyweight crew advanced two of its boats to the C Finals today, June 1. The Black and White's first and second varsity eight boats captured first-place finishes in their heats, while the varsity fours placed fourth.
Radcliffe's first varsity eight recorded a first-place finish in its heat over Marist, Indiana, Navy and Gozaga. A strong first 500m propelled the Black and White to a substantial lead from the start. Radcliffe maintained momentum, leading by over a boat length through 1000m. The Black and White sustained control through the final 500m to hold on to the lead and seal the victory at 6:45.0, 4.4 seconds ahead of second-place Navy.
Also earning a first-place finish in its heat, the second varsity eight competed against Rhode Island, Northeastern, UCF and Iowa. The Black and White followed in suit with a fast start out of the gates, as Radcliffe and Iowa fought neck-and-neck for the lead through the first 1000m. Radcliffe trailed by just two boat seats through the final 500m before picking up speed to push past Iowa for the lead. The Black and White crossed the finish line 1.8 seconds ahead of second-place Iowa at 7:04.9 to clinch the first-place victory.
Radcliffe's varsity four boat posted a fourth-place finish in its heat over Wisconsin, UCF, Rhode Island and Gonzaga. The Black and White clocked in at 8:17.3 to move into the D final during the final day of racing tomorrow.
The Black and White will close out competition at the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships tomorrow, June 2.