No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Vies for IRA National Championship

Radcliffe won its fourth gold medal in five years at Eastern Sprints (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After outracing No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 2 Boston University at the Eastern Sprints, No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew will travel to Lake Natoma, California June 2-4 to compete at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships.

The Field
Harvard will join the Princeton, Stanford, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Tulane, Boston University and MIT in the varsity lightweight eight race. In the varsity lightweight four, Radcliffe will face Stanford, Tulane, Boston University, Princeton, Wisconsin and MIT.

The 115th 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. 

Boatings
Varsity 8+
McKenzie Parks (coxswain), Alanah Anderson (stroke), Josie Theile (7), Ada Bielawski (6), Elizabeth Pate (5), Samantha Shao (4), Genevieve Shaw (3), Maria Boyle (2), Erin Walk (bow)

Varsity 4+
Electra Lang (coxswain), Tessa Buchan (stroke), Ruby Emberling (3), Julia Baumel (2), Serena Blacklow (bow)
 
Varsity Pair
Julia Henry (stroke), Molly Lesser (bow) 

Last Year
Radcliffe placed second at the Eastern Sprints Championships and was third at the IRA National Championships.  

In the Polls
The Black and White sit at No. 4 in last week's USRowing Collegiate Poll. 

Week

Rank

March 30

5

April 6

7

April 13

5

April 20

5

April 27 3

May 5 2
May 11 2
May 18 4

 

RVL Wins
Dating back to April 21, 2012, Radcliffe has won 26 of 31 dual races.

In the Launch
In her second season at the helm, Radcliffe lightweights head coach Sarah Baker guided the Black and White to a second-place finish at Easterns and a bronze medal at IRAs. Baker has a 8-4 career record at Radcliffe.