The Radcliffe varsity eight crosses the finish line first in the petite final (photo courtesy Tim Bennett).
CAMDEN, N.J. —The Radcliffe varsity eight won the petite final, avenging a pair of dual-season losses in the process, to cap the Black and White’s day at the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges Sprints Championships Sunday on the Cooper River.
The second varsity eight and varsity four each qualified for grand finals, with the four’s fifth-place finish highlighting Radcliffe’s five entries.
The varsity eight finished third, one spot outside of the grand final in its morning heat, but came back to win the petite final in 6:43.353. The time was more than three seconds faster than Northeastern and more than seven better than Columbia. Both opponents defeated the Black and White in the Beanpot regatta two weeks ago and were ranked ahead of 10th-seeded Radcliffe. Yale won a tightly contested grand final.
“It’s hard when you put it all on the line to make the grand final in the morning like we did,” said Radcliffe head coach Liz O’Leary. “To be able to regroup and win the petite final was a great way to finish. It’s always good to end on a positive note and continue to make progress.
The second varsity placed second in its heat and hung with the leaders for half of the grand final. In the end, Princeton pulled away to the win, while Radcliffe finished about 4.8 seconds behind fifth-place Cornell in 6:53.533. The varsity four battled with Cornell and Princeton throughout its grand final, crossing the finish about a second after the Big Red, 1.5 after the Tigers and about four behind second-place Yale. Brown won the race.
“Both our second varsity and varsity four put it all out there and were competitive in their grand finals,” O’Leary said. “I think everyone on our young team learned a lot this weekend and got a taste of what it takes to compete at the highest level.”
The varsity four B and third varsity eight both placed second in their respective petite finals.
Boston University 6:59.773
Second Varsity Eight
Boston College 7:19.061
Boston University 7:48.437
Varsity Four B
George Washington 8:21.142
George Washington 8:17.330
Third Varsity Eight
Boston University 7:27.384