Jessica Flakne (left) and Kate Morris helped Radcliffe make the varsity eight final (photo courtesy David Silverman).
SAN DIEGO—Both of the Radcliffe heavyweight crew’s entries in the San Diego Crew Classic advanced to their respective finals on the opening day of racing Saturday on Mission Bay.
The No. 14 Black and White varsity eight placed third in its heat, edging UC Davis for a spot in Sunday’s final for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, to be held at 9:15 a.m. Pacific. In the second varsity competition for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy, Radcliffe cruised to a second-place finish and will race in the final at 9:40 a.m. Sunday.
No. 10 Southern California won Radcliffe’s varsity eight heat, while the other three teams battled for the two remaining spots in the final. All three were separated by less than one second, as Grand Valley crossed the finish line in 6:49.04, followed by the Black and White in 6:59.45 and UC Davis in 6:59.52. No. 3 Virginia, No. 16 Washington State and UCLA advanced from the other Jessop-Whittier heat.
The racing was not as close in the second varsity eight. Radcliffe finished in 7:13.78, finishing behind Washington State and a comfortable 11 seconds ahead of Tulsa. San Diego State and Loyola also competed in Radcliffe’s heat. The Black and White and Cougars will be joined in the second varsity final by Southern California, UCLA and two boats from Virginia.
Jessop-Whittier Cup (Varsity Eight)
Washington State 6:44.0
Southern California 6:44.23
Grand Valley 6:59.04
UC Davis 6:59.52
Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy (Second Varsity
Virginia B 6:56.41
Southern California 6:56.72
Sacramento State 7:15.94
UC Davis 7:30.47
Kansas State 7:36.97
Virginia A 7:02.8
Southern Methodist 7:22.89
San Diego 7:23.81
Washington State 7:06.50
San Diego State 7:33.10
Cox: Jill Carlson, 8: Chrlstine Baugh, 7: Olivia Coffey, 6: Laura Huppert, 5: Mary Maginnis, 4: Tara Larson, 3: Meg Kehan, 2: Jessica Flakne, 1: Kate Morris
Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Rachel Rauh, 8: Celia Kohl, 7: Michaela Pewarski, 6: Katie O'Hanlon, 5: Ariel Delgado, 4: Shelley Pearson, 3: Liz Soutter, 2: Molly Tarrant, 1: Rachel Knaster