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Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew, No. 8 First Varsity Head to NCAA Regatta

Harvard-Radcliffe's first varsity in action at Syracuse (photo courtesy of Syracuse).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
After receiving an at-large bid, the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew travels to Indianapolis, Ind., and Eagle Creek Park for the 2013 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships May 31-June 2. The regatta will crown national champions in varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four competitions.

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Boatings
First Varsity
8: Michelle Pearson; 7: Elizabeth Fitzhenry; 6: Laura Savarese; 5: Jenna Gregoire; 4:Frederika Archibald; 3: Deva Steketee; 2: Courtney Diekema; 1: Mary Maginnis; Coxswain: Jenny Wong

Second Varsity
8: Eliza Flint; 7: Scout Moran; 6: Rosemary Grinalds; 5: Lucy Grinalds; 4: Mimi Tanski; 3: Mary Carmack; 2: Katie Wilcox; 1: Jessica Mealia; Coxswain: Greer Rosenbaum 

Varsity Four
4: Kelly Bauer; 3: Maura Church; 2: Kelly Whelan; 1: Taylor Compton; Coxswain: Jorie Sullivan

Heats
Varsity Eight 
Heat 1 – Friday, 7:40 a.m.
USC (Pac-12), Yale, Harvard-Radcliffe, Washington State, Oklahoma (C-USA)

Second Varsity Eight
 
Heat 2 – Friday, 8:30 a.m.
Cal, Harvard-Radcliffe, Wisconsin, Michigan, Boston University

Varsity Four
Heat 3 – Friday, 9:20 a.m.
Brown, Yale, Virginia, Harvard-Radcliffe, Boston University, Marist

The Field
The NCAA selected 22 programs, including 11 conference champions that received automatic bids. Radcliffe will join four other Ivy League teams; Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Yale. The varsity eight will be challenged in its first race, as No. 1 USC will join the Black and White in Heat 1. 

NCAA History
The Black and White will race in the NCAA regatta for the third straight year and 15th time during the 17-year history of the event. Radcliffe earned a varsity eight bid in 1997 and then team berths in eight straight seasons and again in 2007, '08, '09, '11 and '12. Radcliffe won the NCAA team and varsity eight championships in 2003.

Last Year at NCAAs
The Ivy League-champion Radcliffe heavyweight crew capped an outstanding season with a ninth-place varsity finish and 12th-place team showing at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Black and White finished third, just three hundredths of a second out of second place, in the varsity eight petite final, fifth in the varsity four petite final and fourth in the second varsity eight third-level final. Radcliffe totaled 32 points in the team standings for its best showing since placing ninth in the team competition and seventh in varsity racing in 2008. Virginia won the NCAA team and varsity titles, and Michigan was the runner-up in both competitions. 
Related Link: Radclife Varsity Finishes Ninth at NCAA Championships, Team Places 12th

Last Time Out
The Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew finished in second place overall at the 2013 Ivy League Women's Rowing Championship May 19 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J. The Black and White showed the depth of the team by qualifying for each grand final event and finishing in the top three in five of six finals. Radcliffe earned two second-place finishes, three thirds and one fourth during the day which featured near perfect conditions. Princeton won the team points title with 81, seven more than Radcliffe. 
Related Link: Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Competes at Ivy Championship, Finishes Second in Team Points

Diekema to U23 Team Camp
Senior Courtney Diekema was selected to the Women's U23 National Team Selection Camp by USRowing. She will join 15 other sweep rowers at the camp. Greer Rosenbaum and Laura Savarese were identified on the wait list.
Related Link: 2013 USRowing Women's U23 National Team Camp Attendees

CRCA Scholar-Athletes
Eight members of the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew and five Radcliffe lightweight crew student-athletes were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete list, the CRCA announced.
Related Link: Thirteen Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Rowers Named CRCA Scholar-Athletes