No. 14 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Preps for Eastern Sprints

Photo courtesy of Dawson Powers
Photo courtesy of Dawson Powers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 14 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew heads to the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey for the Eastern Sprints Sunday, May 3. This marks the first time since 2011 that the Black and White has competed in the Sprints championship.  

Race Schedule (Full Schedule)
8 a.m. – third varsity
8:20 a.m. –varsity eight
8:50 a.m. – second varsity
9:20 a.m. – varsity four A
9:50 a.m. – varsity four B
1 p.m. – varsity four C grand final
1:20 p.m. – varsity four B grand final
1:45 p.m. – third varsity grand final
2:10 p.m. – varsity four grand final
2:40 p.m. – second varsity grand final
3:15 p.m. – varsity eight grand final

First Varsity
Coxswain: Jenny Wong; Stroke: Lizzy Fitzhenry; 7: Freddie Archibald; 6: Katherine Playfair; 5: Sofia Donnecke; 4: Lauren Tracey; 3: Mary Carmack; 2: Abba Parker; Bow: Erin Slatery

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Katie Felsheim; Stroke: Gen Mulligan; 7: Emily Gaudiani; 6: Kelly Whelan; 5: Emi Nietfeld; 4: Kelsey Barolak; 3: Sofia Jonas; 2: Lize Flint; Bow: Zabie Elmgren

Varsity Four A
Coxswain: Victoria Lellis; Stroke: Bella Benduski; 3: Molly Jennerman; 2: Maeve Hoffstot; Bow: Laura Bleeke

Varsity Four B
Coxswain: McKenna Kardish; Stroke: Ellie Parker; 3: Kathleen Malloch; 2: Heidi Nocka; Bow: Mimi Tanski

Varsity Four C
Coxswain: Helen Eisenach; Stroke: Alyssa Seigman; 3: Emma Nealis; 2: Rachel Milam; Bow: Bella Gomez

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Neha Reddy; Stroke: Tori Basedow; 7: Hannah Osborn; 6: Maddy Berg; 5: Cecilia Laguarda; 4: Simi Tani-Olugbemi; 3: Lucy Rogers; 2: Adrianne Kehne; Bow: Danielle Feffer

Last Time Out
Radcliffe fell to No 10 Yale last Saturday on the Charles River in a gusty cross headwind. The varsity eight crossed in 7:06.6, seven seconds off the pace of the Bulldogs (6:59.0).

Sprints History
This will be the 38th trip to the Eastern Sprints, last taking fifth at the 2011 event. Radcliffe last won in 2003, topping Princeton by nearly five seconds.  

Scouting the Field
Along with the Black and White, West Virginia, BU, Dartmouth, MIT, Georgetown, Northeastern, Navy, Rutgers, Holy Cross, Columbia, BC and Buffalo will be competing for the Sprints title. The varsity eight boats will be broken into three heats, with the top two advancing to the grand final.

In the Polls
Radcliffe opened the season tied for No. 12 in the NCAA rankings and currently sits at No. 14. Ohio State remains in the top spot with 18 first place votes, followed by California, Virginia, Washington and Brown.

In the Launch
In her 29th season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2014-15, head coach Liz O'Leary owns a 195-102 career dual record with 15 appearances in the NCAA Championship, including the 2003 title and a 2005 bronze medal finish. 

Last Season
For the fourth-straight year and 16th time in the 18-year history of the event, Radcliffe earned a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Black and White finished 13th overall after improving their spot at the Ivy League Championships to place third two weeks earlier.

Up Next
The Black and White will be back in New Jersey May 17 for the Ivy League Championships.