No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Starts Strong, Tops No. 5 Georgetown

The varsity eight and Bartman celebrate their season-opening win with the Class of 2004 Cup.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight varsity and second varsity eights built early leads and pulled away to sweep the Class of 2004 Cup regatta from visiting Georgetown Saturday morning on the Charles River.

The No. 4 Black and White varsity won by more than 11 seconds to claim the cup from No. 5 Georgetown for the sixth time in eight years of competition. The second varsity eight started the day by winning by more than 13 seconds, while the novice eight was less than four seconds back of the Hoyas. Racing was held on a nice, sunny morning, into a cross-headwind of eight miles per hour.

"Very good," summarized first-year head coach Michiel Bartman, whose team won his Radcliffe dual-racing debut. "I think all three crews raced really well. We had set out a plan, and they executed it right on the spot. Both the varsity and second varsity got off to good starts and built open-water leads, which was really good to see."

Radcliffe opened up a three-seat lead right off the bat in the varsity eight and stretched the margin to a boat length by the 500-meter mark. An open-water margin soon followed, and the Black and White continued to move out and won in 7:10.45. Georgetown completed the 2,000-meter course in 7:21.80.

The Black and White second varsity eight also pulled away to a significant lead in the early going. The novices, meanwhile, hung with the Georgetown second varsity for the first half of the race. The Hoyas gained some separation from the Radcliffe novices after crossing under Massachusetts Avenue but could not catch the Radcliffe second varsity, which lengthened its lead further with a strong final 500 meters and posted a time of 7:30.89.

Video of the varsity race is embedded below. Full regatta video is available at the Crimson Central portal, under the On Demand tab.

Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:10.45
Georgetown 7:21.80

Second Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:30.89
Georgetown 7:44.05
Radcliffe Novice Eight 7:48.04