Rival Heavyweight Crews from Radcliffe, Yale to Clash Saturday for Case Cup

Olivia Coffey (left), Jill Carlson and Radcliffe look to follow Sunday's strong performance with another win.
Olivia Coffey (left), Jill Carlson and Radcliffe look to follow Sunday's strong performance with another win.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The 16th-ranked Radcliffe heavyweight crew races rival and defending NCAA varsity eight champion Yale, ranked eighth nationally, for the Case Cup Saturday morning on the Charles River.

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, weather permitting. Click here and then choose the "Live Events" tab to view the live feed once racing is underway.

Harvard/Radcliffe Racing Schedule
7:24 a.m. – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
7:36 a.m. – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight
7:48 a.m. – Men's lightweight varsity eight
8 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
8:12 a.m. – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:24 a.m. – Women's heavyweight varsity four
8:36 a.m. – Men's lightweight third varsity eight
8:48 a.m. – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight/fourth varsity eight
9 a.m. – Men's lightweight second freshman eight
9:24 a.m. – Women's lightweight varsity eight
9:48 a.m. – Women's lightweight second varsity eight

Probable Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox:  Jill Carlson, 8: Olivia Coffey, 7: Michelle Pearson, 6: Katie Wilcox, 5: Liz Soutter,  4: Celia Kohl, 3: Scout Moran, 2: Mary Maginnis, 1: Christina McClintock

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Rachel Rauh, 8: Tara Larson, 7: Marisa D'Orsogna, 6: Miruna Ioan, 5: Anne Carroll Ingersoll, 4: Jessica Mealia, 3: Deva Steketee, 2: Jessica Flakne, 1: Kirsten Van Fossen

Varsity Four
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 4: Meg Johnson, 3: Courtney Diekema, 2: Kelly Bauer, 1: Laura Savarese

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Greer Rosenbaum, 8: Caitlin Fai, 7: Meg Kehan, 6: Brooke Carter, 5: Jenna Gregoire, 4: Maura Church, 3: Nori Welles-Gertz, 2: Mary Miller, 1: Shauna Stewart

Fourth Varsity Eight
Cox: Jorie Sullivan, 8: Taylor Compton, 7: Nina Kosaric, 6: Jenna Anglin, 5: Molly Murphy, 4: Sidney Hilker, 3: Jane Wang Williams, 2: Jordan Taylor, 1: Corinne Wee

Last Weekend
The Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight posted a 5-1 record in the Charles River Challenge. The Black and White (6-4) finished second of four teams Saturday and knocked off No. 10 Ohio State, Dartmouth and Northeastern Sunday. Radcliffe had seven runner-up finishes, including two by the second varsity eight, during the weekend.

Survey Says
The first EAWRC seeding poll has been released, and Radcliffe's top two boats are sporting top-five rankings. The varsity eight ranks fifth in the league, while the second varsity ranks fourth. Both boats sit one spot behind Yale. The third varsity is seeded eighth in the league, while the varsity four A sits ninth.

History Lesson
Yale enters today's race with a seven-year win streak in the Case Cup series and a 17-13 edge in the competition for the cup, which dates back to 1980. The Bulldogs won all five races last year, with the second varsity eight race coming down to a margin of one-fifth of a second.

Championship Rivalry
The Radcliffe and Yale varsity eights have combined for 12 EAWRC Sprints crowns (Yale 7, Radcliffe 5) and five national titles (Yale 3, Radcliffe 2).

Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale (6-2) jumped from 11th to eighth in the national rankings after placing second in all four of its races against No. 1 Princeton and then-No. 10 Ohio State last weekend. The Bulldogs' varsity eight finished 2.9 seconds behind the Tigers and 11.5 ahead of the Buckeyes. Yale has also defeated Penn, Columbia, Syracuse, Boston University and Dartmouth and lost to Cornell.