Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Eyes Ivy League Title

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

The Black and White heads to Pennsauken, N.J., in search of its second Ivy title in three years.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew travels to Pennsauken, N.J., and the Cooper River for the third-annual Ivy League Women's Rowing Championships Sunday, May 18. Heats start at 8:30 a.m., with the finals scheduled to begin at 3:05 p.m.

The Ivy League champion will be determined in the first varsity eight grand final, as the winning boat gives the team automatic entry into the NCAA Championship. All races will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.    

Racing Schedule
8:40 a.m. – V4B
9:00 a.m. – V4A
9:20 a.m. – 2V8
9:40 a.m. – V8
2:00 p.m. – V4C/V4D (Final Only)
2:30 p.m. – 3V8 (Final Only)

Radcliffe is seeded second in the varsity four race and third in the varsity four B event. The Black and White is ranked sixth heading into the varsity eight competition, third in the 2V and fourth in the 3V. Complete seedings can be found here.

First Varsity
Coxswain: Jenny Wong; Stroke: Katie Wilcox; 7: Lizzy Fitzhenry; 6: Jenna Gregoire; 5: Lauren Tracey; 4: Freddie Archibald; 3: Mary Carmack; 2: Deva Steketee; Bow: Erin Slatery

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Greer Rosenbaum; Stroke: Lize Flint; 7: Kelly Bauer; 6: Kelsey Barolak; 5: Laura Bleeke; 4: Kelly Whelan; 3: Mimi Tanski; 2: Bella Benduski; Bow: Maura Church

Varsity Four A
Coxswain: McKenna Kardish; 4: Abba Parker; 3: Emi Nietfeld; 2: Gen Mulligan; 1: Lena Afeyan

Varsity Four B
Coxswain: Valeriya Tsitron; 4: Maeve Hoffstot; 3: Emily Gaudiani; 2: Ellie Parker; 1: Emily Johansen

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Victoria Lellis; 8: Caitlin Fai; 7: Rose Traubert; 6: Maddy Berg; 5: Tori Basedow; 4: Simi Tani-Olugbemi; 3: Nina Kosaric; 2: Corinne Bozzini; 1: Sydney Hilker

Varsity Four C
Coxswain: Reva Nohria; 4: Cecilia Laguarda; 3: Danielle Feffer; 2: Ali Forelli; 1: Rachel Milam

Varsity Four D
Coxswain: Kavya Pathak; 4: Meg Knister; 3: Amanda Jowell; 2: Bella Gomez; 1: Molly Moore

Scouting the Field
Brown is seeded to win the varsity eight race, with seven first-place votes and five points. The Bears also sit first in the varsity fours race and second in both the 2V and 3V events. Princeton earned one first-place vote in the V8 and ranks second overall heading into race day. The Tigers sit first in the 2V and 3V seeded polls.

Year Three
The Ivy League is conducting its third women's rowing championship event after a 37-year history of determining its champion at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Sprints.

Heavyweight Hardware
The top varsity finisher wins the Ivy title and accompanying Sally P. Shoemaker Trophy. Radcliffe has won eight Ivy League titles: 1974, '75, '82 (shared with Princeton), '86, '87, '89, 2003 and '12. In 2012, the Black and White won the inaugural Ivy League Championship on the Cooper River. 

In the Polls
Radcliffe sits at No. 14 in the latest NCAA rankings with 165 points. The Black and White opened the season at No. 11. Brown owns the top spot with 14 first place votes, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.  

Last Time Out
The Radcliffe varsity eight crew fell to No. 11 Yale in its last outing April 26 on the Housatonic River, while the 2V8 and V4 boats each picked up a win over the Bulldogs. The Black and White finished the regular season winning three of the final four dual races.  

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
Radcliffe finished second overall at the Ivy League Championship a year ago. The Black and White showed the depth of the team by qualifying for each grand final event and finishing in the top three in five finals. The varsity eight ranked third in the marquee event behind Princeton and Yale.

National Aspirations
The Radcliffe heavyweights are seeking a trip back to the NCAA regatta, for what would be their 16th appearance in the 18-year history of the championship event. The NCAA will invite 16 full teams to the regatta, which will be held May 30-June 1 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Black and White capped the 2013 season at last year's NCAA Championships with an eighth-place varsity finish and 11th-place team showing.