No. 13 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Looks to Take Back Beanpot

The second varsity eight defeated its Boston-area competition last season (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).
The second varsity eight defeated its Boston-area competition last season (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

Click here for live video of varsity eight race

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Charles River supremacy is on the line as the 13th-ranked Radcliffe heavyweight crew takes on local rivals Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and MIT in the fifth annual Beanpot regatta Saturday morning.

Watch From Home
Free live video of the Beanpot varsity eight race will be provided by Northeastern at  Harvard will provide video of the rest of Saturday's 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 freshman eight    
7:36 – Men's heavyweight freshman four                           
7:48 – Men's lightweight third varsity eight                         
8:00 – Men's heavyweight freshman eight/fourth varsity eight                    
8:12 – Men's lightweight freshman eight
8:24 – Men's heavyweight second varsity eight/third varsity eight
8:36 – Men's lightweight second varsity eight
8:48 – Men's heavyweight varsity eight
9:00 – Women's heavyweight varsity eight
9:12 – Men's lightweight varsity eight                   
9:24 – Women's heavyweight second varsity eight                          
9:36 – Women's lightweight varsity eight                             
9:48 – Women's heavyweight varsity four A
10:00 – Women's lightweight second varsity eight
10:24 – Women's lightweight varsity four
10:36 – Women's heavyweight third varsity eight/fourth 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 A
Cox: Andrea Rickey, 4: Meg Johnson, 3: Courtney Diekema, 2: Kelly Bauer, 1: Laura Savarese

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

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.

Last Weekend
The Radcliffe heavyweight varsity eight (7-4) knocked off defending NCAA varsity champion Yale for the first time since 2003, claiming the Case Cup with a three‑second win. Yale edged the Radcliffe second varsity by three‑fifths of a second and also won the varsity four and third varsity eight events.

Survey Says
Following last week's varsity win against Yale, the Black and White climbed from 16th into a tie with Wisconsin for 13th in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Coaches Poll. Radcliffe also moved up two spots to third in the EAWRC Coaches Poll, while the second varsity held steady at fourth. The third varsity eight and varsity four are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in the EAWRC.

History Lesson
Radcliffe has won each of the four previous Beanpot team bannners, having edged Northeastern by three points last year. The Black and White is seeking its fourth varsity eight title in the five years of the regatta, following last season's third-place finish behind guest Columbia and Northeastern. Radcliffe won the varsity four B and placed second, first among Beanpot schools, in the second varsity eight.