No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweights Sweep No. 7 MIT, Keep Muri Cup

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight crew won three races against MIT Saturday morning on the Charles River Basin, capturing the Muri Cup for the third straight year in the process. 

The fourth-ranked Black and White varsity eight (6-2) downed the No. 7 Engineers by more than 25 seconds. The second varsity eight and varsity four won by even wider margins in Radcliffe's final dual regatta of the year and its final tuneup for EAWRC Sprints on May 15.

"I was really pleased for our entire team," said head coach Heather Cartwright. "I thought each boat rowed really well. We're in a good place right now, where we need to be as we get ready for Sprints."

All three Radcliffe boats pulled away early from their local rivals. The varsity eight posted a winning time of 7:04.12, while MIT reached the finish line in 7:29.31. The victory keeps the Muri Cup at Weld Boathouse for another season. The trophy is named after former MIT standout rower and current Harvard men's freshman lightweight coach Linda Muri.

The Black and White second varsity eight's time of 7:27.34, more than a half-minute ahead of the Engineers and slightly faster than the MIT varsity's earlier time. The Radcliffe varsity four had the biggest win of the day, topping MIT by about 44 seconds in 8:21.09.

Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:04.12
MIT 7:29.31

Second Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:27.34
MIT 7:59.06

Varsity Four
Radcliffe 8:21.09
MIT 9:05.02