The Black and White varsity eight will race together for the first time this spring (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).
The fourth-ranked Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight seeks to win the Class of 2004 Cup for the third straight year as it visits No. 5 Georgetown Saturday morning on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The lone race of the morning is scheduled for 9:36 a.m.
Last Time Out
The Black and White had last weekend off from competition after winning both races by wide margins in its season-opening regatta against Tulsa and MIT March 26. Racing two varsity fours instead of a varsity eight, Radcliffe's top-finishing boat finished nearly 19 seconds ahead of second-place Tulsa. The second varsity eight beat MIT by more than 30 seconds.
The Radcliffe and Georgetown varsities lined up against each other four times last season, with the Black and White reaching the finish first on three occasions. In the dual matchup, the Black and White trailed in the opening strokes but took over quickly and eventually pulled away to a 5.4-second win.
At Sprints, the Black and White edged the Hoyas by about two seconds to claim the bronze medal. Georgetown turned the tables by finishing ahead of Radcliffe in an IRA National Championships heat, but the Black and White rebounded in the IRA grand final, placing fourth, 6.8 seconds ahead of the sixth-place Hoyas.
The Class of 2004 Cup was donated by both schools' 2004 seniors and has been won by Radcliffe in four of the six seasons since. The Black and White defeated Georgetown to take the cup in 2005 and 2006 before the Hoyas won it in consecutive years. Radcliffe reclaimed the trophy with a 6.4-second victory in 2009, when the teams last met on the Potomac.
Scouting the Hoyas
Georgeotwn's lightweight varsity opened the spring last weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Hoyas finished third in the vitaminwater Cup, behind Stanford and Victoria and ahead of British Columbia and the Stanford B entry.
The Radcliffe lightweights return home next weekend to take on No.2 Stanford on Saturday morning and No. 7 Buffalo on Sunday.