Radcliffe will visit Brown April 1 (Zack Williamson).
BELLEVILLE, Mich. – The Radcliffe heavyweight crew kicked off the 2017 season by facing No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan in dual races at Lake Belleville Saturday.
On a chilly day with a variable moderate cross-tail wind of 8-12 MPH in the morning and 12-15 MPH in the afternoon, the Black and White's third varsity eight boat earned Radcliffe's lone victory, besting the Buckeyes (7:12.49) and Wolverines (7:13.11) with a time of 7:07.31.
Radcliffe opened the day with its third varsity eight placing third (7:25.19) against No. 20 Michigan State and Michigan's novice crew. The Spartans clocked a time of 7:07.53, while the Wolverines crossed in 7:18.9.
The first and second varsity eight boats also took second behind the Wolverines. Michigan took the first varsity eight race in 6:36.85, just ahead of Radcliffe's time of 6:42.18. The Wolverines claimed victory in the second varsity eight in 6:45.53 to 6:48.81.
In the second varsity four, the Black and White finished second (8:06.92) behind Michigan (7:36.87). The first varsity four also placed second, completing the course in 7:43.2, to the Wolverines (7:33.85).
In the afternoon session after the third varsity eight victory, Radcliffe placed second to Ohio State in the second varsity four 7:34.09 to 7:58.37. Next, the first varsity four also finished in second, crossing in 7:44.59, compared to the Buckeyes' time of 7:21.18.
Radcliffe's day concluded with the first and second varsity eights against Ohio State. The Black and White took second in both races. Radcliffe was less than three seconds off the Buckeyes' pace in the first varsity eight (6:37.13 to 6:34.24), while the second varsity eight also dropped a close race 6:41.24 to 6:38.79.
Up next, Radcliffe will visit Brown Saturday, April 1.
Coxswain: Katherine Paglione; Stroke: Hannah Osborn; 7: Tori Basedow; 6: Heidi Nocka; 5: Sofia Donnecke; 4: Teresa Rokos; 3: Corinne Bozzini; 2: Rafaela Stalph; Bow: Georgia Wheeler
Third Varsity Eight
Coxswain: Catherine O'Donnell; Stroke: Elizabeth Ashford; 7: Liz Kemp; 6: Catherine Joyce; 5: Bella Gomez; 4: Rachel Milam; 3: Jeanne Olivier; 2: Maria Splaine; Bow: Jill Scyocurka
Michigan State -- 7:07.53
Michigan 1N -- 7:18.9
Radcliffe -- 7:25.19
Michigan -- 7:36.87
Radcliffe -- 8:06.92
Michigan -- 7:33.85
Radcliffe -- 7:43.2
Michigan -- 6:45.53
Radcliffe -- 6:48.81
Michigan -- 6:36.85
Radcliffe -- 6:42.18
Ohio State -- 7:12.49
Michigan (1N) -- 7:13.11
Ohio State -- 7:34.09
Radcliffe -- 7:58.37
Ohio State -- 7:21.18
Radcliffe -- 7:44.59
Ohio State -- 6:38.79
Radcliffe -- 6:41.24
Ohio State -- 6:34.24
Radcliffe -- 6:37.13