CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 16 Radcliffe heavyweight crew and No. 8 Brown engaged in closely contested competition all morning Saturday, but the Bears were able to defeat the Black and White in each of the five races staged on the Charles River.
Radcliffe's five races late in the morning wrapped up an active day on the Charles, as all four Harvard-Radcliffe crews were in action. Temperatures began to rise through the 40s during the Black and White's racing while the estimated 10 mph wind to the northwest was breezier, creating choppy conditions on the water.
The varsity eight began the racing and the Black and White and the Bears produced a race that was not decided until the final strokes. Remaining within a couple seats of each other throughout the 2,000 meters, Brown was able to make a final surge down the stretch, posting a time of 6:52.433 to Radcliffe's 6:55.021.
The second varsity eight race permeated similar drama, but exhibited a similar result, as Brown edged Radcliffe by slightly more than three seconds in part due to a late stroke push. The Bears went on to win the varsity four and second varsity four races before capping the day with a final win in the third varsity eight.
1V: Katherine Paglione (coxswain), Caroline Noble (stroke), Marina Felix (7), Stephanie Eble (6), Erica Holmes (5), Hope Cessford (4), Sofia Donnecke (3), Rafaela Stalph (2), Georgia Seidel (bow)
1. Brown – 6:52.433
2. Radcliffe – 6:55.021
1. Brown – 6:58.575
2. Radcliffe – 7:01.908
1. Brown – 7:34.881
2. Radcliffe – 7:46.467
1. Brown – 7:54.484
2. Radcliffe – 8:07.636
3. Radcliffe C – 8:49.800
1. Brown – 7:12.068
2. Brown 4V – 7:16.435
3. Radcliffe – 7:29.042
Radcliffe heads back to New Jersey next weekend to compete in the Ivy Round Robin April 7 on Lake Carnegie.