Eastern, Out-of-Region Crews Visit No. 16 Radcliffe Heavyweights for Charles River Challenge

Eastern, Out-of-Region Crews Visit No. 16 Radcliffe Heavyweights for Charles River Challenge

Senior Jessica Flakne and freshman Deva Steketee are part of the Radcliffe second varsity eight.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 16 Radcliffe heavyweight crew faces six dual opponents during a busy Charles River Challenge weekend. The Black and White welcomes O'Leary Cup opponents Dartmouth and Syracuse, along with out-of-region guest Minnesota, to the Charles River Saturday and faces No. 10 Ohio State or No. 20 Louisville a day later.

Charles River Challenge
Neighbors Boston University and Northeastern are racing No. 20 Louisville Saturday as part of the Charles River Challenge. On Sunday, the top two Eastern teams from Radcliffe's varsity eight race will race against No. 10 Ohio State and the top finisher between BU and NU.  Louisville and Minnesota will face the third-place Eastern school from among Radcliffe, Dartmouth and Syracuse, and the BU/NU runner-up.

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
Free live video from the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 will be streamed on, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway. NOTE: Sunday's broadcast has been canceled due to rain.

Harvard/Radcliffe Race Schedule
Saturday, April 16
7:12 a.m. – Men's lightweight second freshman eight
7:24 a.m. – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight
7:48 a.m. – Men's lightweight third varsity eight
8 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity four B
8:12 a.m. – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:36 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity four A
8:48 a.m. – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
9:12 a.m. – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight
9:24 a.m. – Men's lightweight varsity eight
9:48 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
10:12 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight
10:36 a.m. – Women's lightweight second varsity eight

Sunday, April 17
Heavyweight racing TBD, 7:48-9:24 a.m.
9:24 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight/second varsity eight

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox:  Jill Carlson, 8: Olivia Coffey, 7: Michelle Pearson, 6: Katie Wilcox, 5: Liz Soutter, 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: Jessica Mealia, 5: Anne Carroll Ingersoll, 4: Miruna Ioan, 3: Deva Steketee, 2: Jessica Flakne, 1: Kirsten Van Fossen

Varsity Four A
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 4: Kelly Bauer, 3: Laura Savarese, 2: Courtney Diekema, 1: Meg Kehan

Varsity Four B
Cox: Jorie Sullivan, 4: Caitlin Fai, 3: Brooke Carter, 2: Mary Miller, 1: Meg Johnson

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Kyla Adler-McDonald, 8: Maura Church, 7: Shauna Stewart, 6: Taylor Compton, 5: Jenna Gregoire, 4: Jenna Anglin, 3: Nina Kosaric, 2: Sidney Hilker, 1: Molly Murphy

Last Time Out
The second varsity eight's defeat of Cornell highlighted the Black and White's morning in the Class of 1975 Cup regatta. No. 1 Princeton won the first and second varsity races, and the Radcliffe varsity eight placed third, two seconds behind No. 13 Cornell.

History Lesson
The Radcliffe, Dartmouth and Syracuse heavyweight varsities are racing for the O'Leary Cup for the 12th time. The Big Green won last year on the Charles to claim the cup for the third time. The Black and White have taken the trophy seven times, and Syracuse won it in 2001.

Scouting the Opposition
Dartmouth (1-1) opened its spring schedule last Saturday on the Charles, defeating Boston University in all four races but falling to Yale in all four. Syracuse (0-5) and Minnesota (0-3) are seeking their first varsity victories of the spring.

Ohio State (5-2) and Louisville (5-3) raced each other last weekend, with the host Buckeyes defeating the Cardinals by three-fifths of a second in Columbus, Ohio. Louisville's resume includes a photo-finish win against then-No. 10 Wisconsin, and Ohio State has defeated then-No. 12 Michigan.