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No. 20 Radcliffe Visits No. 4 Yale for Case Cup

The Radcliffe varsity battled the elements to defeat Syracuse last week. Scroll down to view an interview with co-captain Christine Baugh (No. 7 seat, third from left).

The No. 20 Radcliffe heavyweight crew visits No. 4 Yale Saturday morning as the Black and White and Bulldogs race for the Nathaniel H. Case Cup on the Housatonic River in a matchup of the top two varsity eights at last season’s Eastern Sprints.

Racing Schedule
8:30 a.m. – Varsity Four B
8:50 a.m. – Varsity Four A
9:10 a.m. – Second Varsity Eight
9:30 a.m. – Varsity Eight
9:50 a.m. – Third Varsity Eight

Radcliffe Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Jill Carlson, 8: Kate Morris, 7: Christine Baugh, 6: Jennie Peterson, 5: Laura Huppert, 4: Mary Maginnis, 3: Rachel Knaster, 2: Meg Kehan, 1: Jessica Flakne

Second Varsity
Cox: Amanda Deutsch, 8: Molly Tarrant, 7: Tara Larson, 6: Celia Kohl, 5: Michaela Pewarski, 4: Shelley Pearson, 3: Jess Mealia, 2: Kirsten Van Fossen, 1: Liz Soutter

Varsity Four A
Cox: Rachel Rauh, 4: Ariel Delgado, 3: Katie O'Hanlon, 2: Scout Moran, 1: Eleanor Conover

Varsity Four B
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 4: Marisa D'Orsogna, 2: Laura Savarese, 2: Margot Leger, 1: Lucy Chen

Last Time Out
The Black and White won two races and placed second in three, including the varsity eight, in the O’Leary Cup regatta against No. 16 Dartmouth and Syracuse last weekend on the Charles River. The Radcliffe varsity pulled away from Syracuse in the second 1,000 meters to finish second, nearly six seconds ahead of the Orange. The Black and White’s two race wins came in the other two NCAA events, the second varsity eight and varsity four A.

The Black and White, by Boat
Radcliffe’s varsity eight (1-4) is ranked seventh in the league in the EAWRC Coaches Poll, while the second varsity eight (3-2) and varsity four (3-2) both sport No. 4 rankings to go with their winning records. The third varsity eight (2-3) ranks fifth in the league.

History Lesson
Yale has edged ahead in the Case Cup all-time standings with wins in each of the last four years. The Bulldogs’ varsity eight topped Radcliffe by 5.9 seconds last year. The Black and White gained ground on the Elis in the weeks that followed, but Yale held off Radcliffe by less than a second for the Sprints gold medal. Yale also defeated Radcliffe in the second varsity eight and both varsity four races in the dual matchup.

Scouting the Bulldogs
After defeating eight straight dual opponents to open the season, the Yale varsity eight finished third behind top-ranked Virginia and Princeton last week. The Bulldogs trailed the victorious Tigers by nearly seven seconds and the Cavaliers by about three. Yale’s list of previous wins included victories against Michigan State, Dartmouth and Cornell, ranked eighth, 17th and 19th, respectively, in this week’s national poll. Yale’s three varsity eights are each ranked third in the current EAWRC seeding poll, while both Bulldog fours are ranked second.