Head coach Michiel Bartman hugs Emma Lukasiewicz, the lone senior in the varsity eight boat, after Radcliffe's second-place finish (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Radcliffe lightweight crew's bid for its first varsity eight IRA National Championship since 1997 came up short Sunday morning on Lake Natoma. Stanford clipped the Black and White varsity and Radcliffe also came in second in the lightweight four race.
"Obviously it would've been nice to win here, but the improvement we made this year is tremendous," said head coach Michiel Bartman. "I'm really proud of the whole squad. We are not just walking away with one silver, but two silvers."
The Black and White varsity eight started with a high rate, but Stanford came ahead as the leader going through the first 1,000 meters. Radcliffe was a half-length back, as the Cardinal continued its quick pace.
Stanford moved its advantage to three-fourths of a length after the middle line, but Radcliffe kept the first-place boat in its sight. The Black and White increased its rate with 500 meters left, in a last attempt to catch Stanford, but it was not enough. Stanford's coxswain moved up to Radcliffe's bow in the red buoys and the Cardinal stretched across the line for gold.
The Black and White finished in 6:47.679, back 3.735 seconds from Stanford. Wisconsin was third with a time of 6:55.095.
It marked the fourth consecutive championship for Stanford.
Radcliffe's varsity four finished second after Wisconsin pulled ahead early and held on for gold. The Badgers made their clinching move around the 750-meter line, where Radcliffe also made a move and gained a two-seat lead over Princeton. The Black and White continued to gain seats on the Tigers and was up a half-length for second place at the midway point.
With 60 strokes remaining for the crews, Wisconsin had secured the win and Radcliffe was comfortably in second place with open water over Princeton. The Black and White finished the race in 7:42.753 to earn silver. Wisconsin was across at 7:35.087 for the gold.
"Having [today's] experience is really necessary to hopefully win next year," remarked Bartman. "I think today was a great learning moment. We will cherish our silver medal to make it even nicer next year."
Varsity Eight – Grand Final
Stanford – 6:47.679
Radcliffe – 6:51.414
Wisconsin – 6:55.095
Bucknell – 6:57.536
Princeton – 7:02.036
Georgetown – 7:06.857
Lightweight Four – Grand Final
Wisconsin – 7:35.087
Radcliffe – 7:42.753
Fordham – 7:46.515
Princeton – 7:50.801
Stanford – 7:52.551
MIT – 8:20.734
Bow: Emma Framson; 2: Claire Harmange; 3:Taylor Garden; 4: Naomi Lang; 5: Katherine Mallett; 6: Emma Lukasiewicz; 7: Adelaide Backer; Stroke: Elizabeth Lenczowski; Coxswain:Erin Driscoll
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