No. 4 Radcliffe Lights Host No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Buffalo on Busy Weekend

No. 4 Radcliffe Lights Host No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Buffalo on Busy Weekend

Radcliffe has won each of its three individual races this season: one varsity eight, one second varsity eight and one second varsity eight (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew faces defending national champion Stanford, ranked second nationally, Saturday morning on the Charles River and welcomes No. 7 Buffalo a day later.

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 all of the Harvard and Radcliffe crews' home races in 2011 is scheduled to be streamed on GoCrimson.com, 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
9:24 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight/second varsity eight

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Natalie Wong, 6: Emma Lukasiewicz, 5: Lizzy Bates, 4: Lillian Alexander, 3: Kelly McCarthy, 2: Erika McCormick, 1: Julia Mason

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Jana Douglas, 8: Devi Lockwood, 7: Katherine Mallett, 6: Wynne Evans, 5: Elizabeth Hamilton, 4: Erin Flynn, 3: Emiko Zumbro, 2: Emily Boyd Walker, 1: Leah Schwartz

Last Time Out
The Radcliffe varsity eight (3-0) defeated No. 5 Georgetown by three-quarters of a length last Saturday on the Potomac River to claim its first trophy of the spring and win the Class of 2004 Cup for the fifth time in the seven-year history of the trophy.

History Lesson
Stanford claimed the inaugural Class of 2010 Invitational Cup with a win last year on the Charles. Radcliffe defeated the Cardinal in the second varsity eight race. The Cardinal varsity went on to capture the national title at the IRA National Championships. The Radcliffe varsity four, meanwhile, edged Stanford by about a quarter-second for fourth place at the IRA regatta. Stanford also defeated Radcliffe on the Charles in 2009, and the Black and White beat the Cardinal head-to-head in 2003, '04 and '06.

Radcliffe opened the 2010 spring season with a single race against Buffalo. The Black and White varsity and second varsity eights both placed ahead of the UB varsity, with the Radcliffe varsity defeating the Bulls by about 13 seconds.

Scouting the Opposition
Stanford sent three boats to the San Diego Crew Classic. Competing against heavyweights, the varsity eight reached the grand final of the SeaWorld Cal Cup, placing fourth. The Cardinal won the lightweight competition for the vitaminwater cup, and the Stanford B entry placed third in that grand final.

Buffalo opened the spring by reaching the grand final and placing fifth at last weekend's Knecht Cup.