No. 8 Harvard-Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Rides Momentum to Syracuse for O’Leary Cup Saturday
The varsity eight poses with its Class of 1975 Cup it won by beating Princeton and Cornell April 13 (photo courtesy Harvard-Radcliffe Crew).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After its first Class of 1975 Cup win since 2007, the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew will race for the O'Leary Cup Sunday morning in Syracuse, N.Y., against the host Orange and Dartmouth.
11:00 a.m. - Third Varsity
11:15 a.m. - Varsity Four 'B'
11:30 a.m. - Varsity Four 'A'
11:45 a.m. - Second Varsity
12:00 a.m. - First Varsity
Coxswain: Greer Rosenbaum; 8: Michelle Pearson; 7: Elizabeth Fitzhenry; 6: Mimi Tanski; 5:Courtney Diekema; 4: Jenna Gregoire; 3:Frederika Archibald; 2: Mary Maginnis; 1: Jessica Mealia
Coxswain: Diana Chen; 8: Caitlin Fai; 7: Sidney Hilker; 6: Theresa Gebert; 5: Ali Forellia; 4: Jenna Anglin; 3: Sophia Becker; 2: Rose Traubert; 1: Shauna Stewart
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Last Time Out
Harvard-Radcliffe's first varsity eight picked up its first win of the spring season and took home the Class of 1975 Cup by beating No. 5 Princeton and No. 17 Cornell Saturday morning. The Black and White also won the varsity fours race at the regatta. Radcliffe's top boat went neck-and-neck with Princeton in the marquee race of the day before coming away with a 2.2-second victory.
Related Link: No. 11 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Takes Class of 1975 Cup Over No. 5 Princeton, No. 17 Cornell
In the Rankings
The Black and White's win last weekend propelled the varsity eight from No. 11 to No. 8 in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells. Despite beating Princeton by 2.2 seconds last Saturday, Radcliffe still trails the Tigers by one spot in the polls for the highest ranking Ivy League boat. Southern California is ranked No. 1 and received all 25 first-place votes. Cal, Virginia, Ohio State and UCLA finish the top five.
Related Link: Complete CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells
Syracuse (Crew Page)
The Orange, which received votes in the most recent CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, has raced three times this season. In its most recent regatta, Syracuse took home the Orange Challenge Cup against Penn and Northeastner on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia April 6. The varsity eights race went Syracuse's way by 4.6 seconds to win the cup and Syracuse also won three of the other four contested races.
Dartmouth (Crew Page)
The Big Green's varsity eight has downed one opponent, while racing against seven crews overall, in three regattas. Dartmouth beat Rutgers, in a race where it also lost to Rhode Island April 6, before falling to Columbia and Northeastern April 7 and Boston University, Yale and Clemson April 13 in its last two outings.
The varsity eights are racing for the O'Leary Cup, named for Radcliffe coach Liz O'Leary, for the 14th time since the trophy was introduced in 2000. The Black and White has taken the trophy eight times, including a 1.4-second victory over Dartmouth last year to snap the Big Green's winning streak at two. Dartmouth owns four cup wins and Syracuse has one, coming in 2001.
Related Link: Complete O'Leary Cup Results
The Black and White return to the Charles River April 27 against Yale with the Case Cup on the line. The two rivals' races will be streamed online for free on GoCrimson.com (more information). The Black and White will also have the Beanpot Regatta the following day.