The Housatonic River was the site of Radcliffe's first races of the fall season today (photo courtesy Head of the Housatonic).
SHELTON, Conn. – The Radcliffe heavyweight crew started its fall season in Shelton, Conn., today at the Head of the Housatonic regatta. The Black and White won two races, which featured a 2.7-mile course rather than the usual 2,000-meter spring course, at the event and came in second in another.
Radcliffe started the day in the collegiate fours race with an impressive victory. The squad's top boat breezed along the Housatonic in 16:28.24 to claim the competition, well ahead of the rest of the pack. The Black and White knocked off a trio of Yale crews, whose best time clocked in at 17:15.67. The Yale boats finished in the next three spots, while the Radcliffe lightweights finished in fifth. A second heavyweight crew placed tenth in 18:36.06.
The Black and White sent one entry to the novice women's eights race and pulled off another victory. Radcliffe rowed the course in 16:12.20 for the victory. Massachusetts (16:36.90) and Fordham (16:45.56) rounded out the top three as none of the other nine boats in the race came within 24 seconds of Radcliffe.
Radcliffe entered three boats into the eights race, coming in second, fifth and 10th. Yale, which was racing on one of its home courses, nipped the Black and White by a narrow 10-second margin. Radcliffe cruised the course in 15:24.31, while the Bulldogs clocked a 15:14.19 for the win. The Black and White's other two offerings had 15:45.33 and 16:26.97 finishes, respectively.
Today's successes will be used to build momentum toward rowing's premiere fall regatta, the Head of the Charles. Radcliffe will look to top its second-place finish of a year ago Oct. 20-21.