CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After receiving an at-large bid for the first time since 2015, the No. 14 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend, May 31-June 2, to compete in the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships at the Indianapolis Rowing Center at Eagle Creek Park. The regatta will crown national champions in varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four competitions.
What to Know
- The NCAA selected 22 programs for championship weekend, including 11 conference champions that received automatic bids and 11 at-large bids. Radcliffe will join three other Ivy League teams, including Brown, Yale and automatic qualifier Princeton. The Ivy League's four teams ranks second amongst all conferences represented at the regatta, marking the 13th time and first since 2015 that the conference will send four teams.
- Radcliffe will race in the NCAA regatta for the first time in four years, making its 18th team appearance during the 23-year history of the event. The Black and White's varsity eight was selected as the No. 14 seed, while its second varsity eight will enter competition as the No. 13 seed and its varsity fours at No. 17.
- The Black and White's varsity eight will race in heat three against Rhode Island, Rutgers, Stanford, Michigan and Marist. The second varsity eight will take on Rhode Island, Indiana, California, Virginia and Gonzaga in heat four, while the varsity fours will face California, Washington, Brown and Iowa in heat one.
- During its last appearance at NCAAs in 2015, Radcliffe took 14th place. Due to a strong Petite Final showing from the first varsity eight and a pair of second-place spots from the second varsity and varsity four, the Black and White earned 60 team points.
- Radcliffe is coming off a fourth-place showing at the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championships on the Cooper River May 19. After competition, Teresa Rokos was named to the All-Ivy first team, while Rafaela Stalph earned second team honors.
- At Eastern Sprints, the Black and White's second varsity took home gold for the second time in four years, while its varsity eight claimed a second-place finish.
Leading the Way
Liz O'Leary is in the midst of her 33rd season at the helm of Harvard's heavyweight crew program, holding a 206-115 overall record. O'Leary has guided the Black and White to winning marks in 13 of the last 16 seasons, including NCAA Championship appearances in five of the last seven years and 17 times during the 21-year history of the event. That success has continued throughout her tenure with over 200 dual wins, top-finishing crews at Sprints and numerous appearances at national championships.