No. 3 Radcliffe Lightweight Looks for Fifth-Straight IRA Medal

Photo courtesy of OAC
Photo courtesy of OAC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 3 Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew hopes to secure its fifth-straight medal this weekend at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships on Mercer Lake in New Jersey.

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Friday Morning Heats
Friday Afternoon Repechages
Saturday Heats, Repechages and Semifinals
Sunday Finals

8:40 a.m. – V8 Heat 1
9 a.m. – V4 Heat 1
9:20 a.m. – V2X Heat 1
8 a.m. – V2X Petite
8:10 a.m. V2X Grand
9 a.m. – V4 Petite
9:10 a.m. – V4 Grand
11:40 – V8 Grand

IRA National Championships
The Black and White has won six national championships, most recently in 2014. RVL won in 2014 after a 17-year hiatus. In 1997 the Black and White won the last of three straight titles and the first determined at the IRA Regatta. Radcliffe won National Collegiate Rowing Championships crowns in 1991, '93, '95 and '96 in Cincinnati.  

Last Year
Earning a medal for the fourth-straight year, Radcliffe V8 took home silver on Mercer Lake. Stroked by Addie Backer and coxed by Samantha Guhan, the Black and White held off a charging BU to maintain a second-place showing. Stanford established itself as the leader over the first 500 meters, as Radcliffe, Princeton and BU battled just behind. The Cardinal seemed to take open water, but the Black and White made a move over the middle 1,000 to challenge the leading crew. RVL could not overtake Stanford over the final 500, but did fight off a charging Terrier boat to finish with silvers.

Consistent Excellence
The varsity eight has medaled in 12 of its 19 IRA appearances. In only one of those years (2000) did the Black and White miss the grand final. Radcliffe has placed fourth or better in eight of the last nine seasons, 13 of the last 14 seasons and 17 of its 19 overall appearances.

In the Launch
Starting her first season with the Radcliffe lightweights, Sarah Schwegman brings extensive experience and leadership to the Black and White as an elite-level lightweight rower, coach, and trustee of Riverside Boat Club. From 2007-2013 Schwegman competed in World Championship Trials, National Selection Regattas, National Championships, Canadian Henley, and Head of the Charles.