No. 3 Radcliffe will now set its sights on the IRA National Championships in June (Seth Lesser).
WORCESTER, Mass. – The third-ranked Radcliffe lightweights outraced No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 4 Princeton in the final few hundred meters to win the first varsity eight gold medal at the Eastern Sprints Championships, held on Lake Quinsigamond Sunday afternoon.
The Black and White earned its fourth gold medal in the last five years in the 1V8, as Radcliffe clocked in with a time of 6:43.423. The Badgers were second in 6:46.674, just ahead of the Tigers (6:46.779) and No. 2 Boston University (6:47.615).
Radcliffe also claimed gold in the third varsity eight race, holding off Wisconsin who finished second for the silver. The Black and White crossed in 7:05.466, more than three seconds ahead of the Badgets (7:08.873), while Princeton was third (7:31.889).
In the 2V8, the Black and White earned silver, finishing behind Wisconsin (6:53.558) with a mark of 6:58.885. BU took him the bronze medal in 7:03.287.
Up next, Radcliffe will ready for the IRA National Championships, held June 2-4 at Lake Natoma outside of Sacramento, California.
First Varsity Eight
Coxswain: McKenzie Parks; Stroke: Alanah Anderson; 7: Josie Theile; 6: Samantha Shao: 5: Elizabeth Pate; 4: Ada Bielawski; 3: Genevieve Shaw; 2: Maria Boyle; Bow: Erin Walk
2 Wisconsin 6:46.674
3 Princeton 6:46.779
4 BU 6:47.614
5 Georgetown 6:59.934
2 Radcliffe 6:58.885
3 BU 7:03.287
4 Princeton 7:06.594
2 Wisconsin 7:08.873
3 Princeton 7:31.889