No. 19 Radcliffe Heavyweight Eights Defeat Tulsa in Spring Opener

The Radcliffe varsity pulls away from Tulsa in the first half of Saturdays' race.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The 19th-ranked Radcliffe heavyweight crew opened its spring season with varsity and second varsity wins against visiting Tulsa Saturday morning on the Charles River.

The Black and White varsity posted a 28-second win, following up a 30.2-second victory by the second varsity. The Golden Hurricane won the varsity four race by 4.1 seconds as both teams battled freezing temperatures and a headwind.

"It was a great way to kick off our spring racing season," head coach Liz O'Leary said. "As can be expected after the first race, we have a lot we can improve upon, but what I like is that there's a good base speed and a good base fitness and power."

The Radcliffe varsity eight got off to a good start and led by three-quarters of a boat length by the time the race was 250 meters old. The Black and White lengthened its lead once it lengthened its stroke after the starting sequence, leading by 14 seconds at the midway point and doubling that margin in the second half of the race. Radcliffe finished in 7:25.9, and Tulsa crossed the line in 7:53.5.

"No matter how many times you practice a 2-K, it's never the same until you line up next to someone with different blades and wearing different team colors," O'Leary added. "Our team showed they were ready to race, and they got the season off to a great start."

The second varsity was even more dominant, pulling away early and finishing in 7:48.0. Tulsa was more than half a minute back in 8:18.2. The Radcliffe third varsity followed in 9:02.2.

The first race of the spring season pitted Radcliffe's two varsity fours against the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa won in 8:55.0, while Radcliffe's A four finished in 8:59.1. The B four was about 12 seconds behind.

Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:25.9
Tulsa 7:53.9

Second/Third Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 2V 7:48.0
Tulsa 8:18.2
Radcliffe 3V 9:02.2

Varsity Four
Tulsa 8:55.0
Radcliffe A 8:59.1
Radcliffe B 9:11.6