Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Heads to Yale

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

The Black and White will race against Yale in its final regular season regatta.  

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 16 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew continues on the road this weekend, heading to Derby, Conn., to take on Ivy League foe Yale. The racing begins at 8:20 a.m. on the Housatonic River and will be the final regular season tune-up before championship competition.   

Racing Schedule
8:20 a.m. – V4B
8:40 a.m. – V4
9:00 a.m. – 2V
9:20 a.m. – V8
9:40 a.m. – 3V

Scouting Yale
Yale, ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division I poll, was edged in the marquee race at Princeton a week ago, while the varsity four remained undefeated on the season with a narrow victory over the Tigers. The Yale V8 finished nearly three seconds behind then-No. 7 Princeton. Head coach Will Porter, in his 15th season with the Bulldogs, has led Yale to a berth in the NCAA Championships in each of the last 13 seasons.

In the Polls
Radcliffe sits at No. 16 in the latest NCAA rankings with 151 points. The Black and White opened the season at No. 11 and falls just behind Wisconsin at No. 15 (148 points). Brown owns the top spot with 12 first place votes, followed by California and Ohio State.

Last Time Out
The Black and White raced in the extremely competitive Clemson Invitational a week ago, as the second varsity and third varsity boats each picked up two wins.

In the Launch
In her 28th season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2013-14, head coach Liz O'Leary owns a 191-94 career dual record with 14 appearances in the NCAA Championship, including the 2003 title and a 2005 bronze medal finish. 

Last Season
The Radcliffe varsity eight finished eighth overall at the NCAA Championships a season ago, leading the squad to an 11th-place showing. The second varsity placed fourth overall at the event.

Up Next
The Black and White will gear up for the Ivy League Championships held Sunday, May 18 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J.