No. 18 Radcliffe Heavyweights Host No. 13 Cornell, No. 1 Princeton

No. 18 Radcliffe Heavyweights Host No. 13 Cornell, No. 1 Princeton

The remainder of Radcliffe's dual races will be contested at home on the Charles (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 18 Radcliffe heavyweight crew returns home to face a pair of unbeaten Ivy League rivals as it seeks the Class of 1975 Cup against No. 13 Cornell and top-ranked Princeton Saturday morning on the Charles River.

Racing  Schedule
7:36 a.m. – Third varsity eight
8:12 a.m. – Varsity four
8:48 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:24        a.m. – Varsity eight

The Course
The 2,000-meter course for Harvard and Radcliffe's home races begins in the Charles River Basin, roughly 100 meters upstream from the Longfellow Bridge and continues upstream until to the finish line just downstream of the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Popular spectator viewing areas include the finish line in front of the Hyatt and the Harvard Bridge (Massachusetts Avenue) at the course's midpoint.

Watch From Home
All of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 are scheduled to be streamed on GoCrimson.com, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway.

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox:  Jill Carlson, 8: Olivia Coffey, 7: Liz Soutter, 6: Katie Wilcox, 5: Michelle Pearson,  4: Celia Kohl, 3: Scout Moran, 2: Mary Maginnis, 1: Christina McClintock

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Rachel Rauh, 8: Tara Larson, 7: Marisa D'Orsogna, 6: Miruna Ioan, 5: Anne Carroll Ingersoll, 4: Jessica Mealia, 3: Deva Steketee, 2: Jessica Flakne, 1: Kirsten Van Fossen

Varsity Four
Cox: Greer Rosenbaum, 4: Kelly Bauer, 3: Brooke Carter, 2: Meg Johnson, 1: Laura Savarese

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 8: Caitlin Fai, 7: Meg Kehan, 6: Courtney Diekema, 5: Jenna Gregoire, 4: Taylor Compton, 3: Shauna Stewart, 2: Maura Church, 1: Molly Murphy

Last Time Out
Fifth-ranked Brown edged the Radcliffe varsity eight last weekend on the Seekonk River. The Bears also won the final three races of the morning in a regatta that was relocated to Providence due to poor racing conditions on the Charles. The varsity race was the first of the day, and the competition was neck-and-neck throughout. The Bears gained a half-length lead about 750 meters into the race, and boats battled back and forth after that. The Black and White finished in 6:29.73, after Brown reached the line in 6:27.30.

Last Season
Princeton won the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four events in last season's Class of 1975 Cup regatta, while host Cornell took the third and fourth varsity eights. The Radcliffe second, third and fourth varsities earned runner-up finishes.

History Lesson
The Class of 1975 Cup has been awarded since 1977 to the winner of the Radcliffe-Princeton dual race, with Cornell joining the competition a year later. The Tigers have held the trophy since 2008 and have 22 cup wins, compared to 11 for Radcliffe (most recently in 2007) and one (in 1983) for Cornell. Radcliffe holds a 21-5 all-time head-to-head series edge against Cornell, while the Tigers lead lead all-time series against the Black and White, 23-14.

Scouting the Opposition
Cornell opened its season last weekend, beating defending NCAA varsity champion Yale and Syracuse to capture its first Cayuga Cup. The Princeton varsity has swept two regattas, at home against Brown and Michigan State and on the road against host Rutgers and Navy.