Radcliffe Heavyweight Novices Win, Varsity Second at Foot of the Charles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe heavyweight crew finished its fall season on a high note, with a first-place finish in the novice eight event and a second-place showing in the varsity four event at the Foot of the Charles Regatta on Saturday.

In near-perfect conditions—clear blue skies, flat water and 55 degrees of sunshine—the Black and White took to the river first in the varsity four event. The "A" four raced an aggressive piece on its home course, finishing in a 13:42.5 overall. The time was good enough to give Radcliffe second place, only three seconds behind Brow's "A" four. 

"They raced a great race," said head coach Liz O'Leary. "They are a crew of women who do not back down. We would have liked first today; but finishing in the top two is definitely a success, and will be a motivating result for our winter training."

Radcliffe's "B" four finished 11th overall in the 49-boat field, third out of all of the "B" entry fours, and ahead of five other "A" four entries. Radcliffe "C" finished 33rd and Radcliffe "D" finished 39th overall.

"I think all of the fours had good races today," O'Leary added. "And I look forward to continuing to build speed in the coming months."

The Radcliffe novice eight started first and with an open course ahead of them, proceeded to push the field away. The powerful crew finished first with a time of 13:09.0, topping runner-up Dartmouth by 14 seconds. The winning time, 13:09.0, was the fastest time of the day in any event, with 49 varsity fours, 23 novice eights and 14 third varsity eights in action.

"They did a great job today," assistant coach Cory Bosworth said of the novices. "They executed the race plan and really built on the work they have done so far this year. We are looking forward to seeing what they can do next."

Radcliffe's "B" entry in the event finished 15th overall.

In the final event of the day, the third varsity eight Event, Radcliffe's entry finished sixth.

The team now turns its attention to winter training. Their next race will be the season-opener of the spring season, March 26. The Black and White will race Tulsa on the Charles River.