photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt
The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew visits rival Princeton to race the third-ranked Tigers and No. 5 Bucknell in the Class of 1999 Cup regatta Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.
9 a.m. – Novice Eight
9:20 a.m. – Four
9:40 a.m. – Varsity/Second Varsity Eights
Cox: Jana Douglas, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Natalie Wong, 6: Lizzy Bates, 5: Kelly McCarthy, 4: Emma Lukasiewicz, 3: Elizabeth Hamilton, 2: Erika McCormick, 1: Amanda Pfabe
Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 8: Grace Hollowell, 7: Charlotte Lane, 6: Lauren Brown, 5: Veronique Irwin, 4: Wynne Evans, 3: Medha Khandelwal, 2: Emily Boyd Walker, 1: Laurel Gabard-Durnam
Radcliffe (2-1) split a pair of races with No. 2 Stanford on the Charles River, as the Cardinal won the varsity eight race and the Black and White took the second varsity. Stanford's varsity eight pulled away from Radcliffe to finish in 6:42.7, while the Black and White crossed the line in 6:54.4. The Radcliffe second varsity took a two-seat lead off the start and eventually won by 7.5 seconds.
With its win earlier this season against Georgetown, currently ranked sixth nationally, Radcliffe will have raced the Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9 teams after Saturday's regatta. The Black and White meets No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 7 MIT next weekend to take race experience against seven of the nation's top eight other teams into the championship season.
Radcliffe posted a 4.3-second win against Princeton last season to claim the Class of 1999 Cup for the first time in five years. The Black and White led by six seats after 1,000 meters and built the margin to open water about 400 meters before the finish. The Tigers won the varsity four race.
Radcliffe and Princeton have combined for 18 Eastern titles (Radcliffe 12, Princeton 6) and six national championships (Princeton 5, Radcliffe 1), and on three of nine occasions this race has been between the No. 1 and No. 2 crews in the country. The Tigers hold an 8-2 advantage in races for the Class of 1999 Cup. Both varsity eights have been ranked among the nation's top five in each of the last eight meetings, with one crew coming in as No. 1 in five of those eight years.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton (3-2) has alternated wins and losses in its five regattas this season. The Tigers defeated MIT, Sonoma State and Georgetown by wide margins, while losing to Wisconsin by 2.8 seconds and to Stanford by 4.1 seconds in between. Princeton and Georgetown split four races last weekend on Lake Carnegie, with the Hoyas winning the second varsity.
Scouting the Bison
Bucknell, which placed second at last season's IRA National Championships, beat MIT by nearly four seconds in the lightweight eight final of the Murphy Cup. The Bison four placed second at that regatta, less than a second behind Pittsburgh.