No. 13 Radcliffe Heavyweights Take Three of Four Races at No. 7 Brown

Laura Savarese (left) and Marisa D'Orsogna helped the second varsity to an open-water victory.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The No. 13 Radcliffe heavyweight crew took three of four races from defending NCAA team champion No. 7 Brown Saturday afternoon on the Seekonk River.

The Bears (1-2) won the varsity eight event by 3.4 seconds for their only win of the day. Radcliffe (4-1) suffered its first varsity loss, but the Black and White second varsity eight and varsity four each won to wrap up a day that started with Radcliffe's third and fourth varsities finishing ahead of the Brown third varsity.

"This is certainly one of the deepest teams we've had in terms of speed throughout all our boats, and we showed that today," head coach Liz O'Leary said. "I also saw some good things out of our fairly young varsity eight, and we were three seconds shy of having a really terrific day."

The Radcliffe varsity eight led by three seats 750 meters into the race. The Bears made a strong move to pull even at the midway point and moved a length ahead by the end of the race. Brown finished in 6:16, while the Black and White crossed the line in 6:19.4.

The rest of the races showed off the Black and White's depth. The second varsity beat the Bears to the line by a comfortable, 5.4-second margin in 6:27.5. The varsity four capped the afternoon with a 6.1-second victory, completing the 2,000-meter course in 7:10.4. 

Earlier, the third varsity eight finished in 6:51.5, nearly three seconds ahead of Black and White fourth varsity and nearly five seconds before Brown.

Varsity Eight
Brown 6:16.0
Radcliffe 6:19.4

Second Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 6:27.5
Brown 6:33.1

Varsity Four
Radcliffe 7:10.4
Brown 7:16.5

Third/Fourth Varsity Eights
Radcliffe 3V 6:51.5
Radcliffe 4V 6:54.4
Brown 6:56.4