INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Concluding postseason competition this weekend, No. 14 Radcliffe heavyweight crew took 14th place at the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park today, June 2. The Black and White's first and second varsity eights, as well at its varsity four boat, earned first-place finishes in its respective races. The team garnered 53 points through the regatta.
Fighting a strong tailwind, inches separated the top four boats at the start of the varsity eight race. Teams began to separate after the first 500m as Radcliffe moved into fourth. The Black and White made a dominant surge in the second half the race, propelling to second place. Radcliffe trailed Indiana by barely a foot heading into the third 500m, before taking the lead for the first time in the race. The Black and White continued to excel through the remainder of the race, crossing the finish line at 6:15.1 for first place in the C final.
The second varsity eight race started off tightly packed as Radcliffe came out of the first 500m in third. The Black and White became even with second-place Duke, fighting for that number one spot from Iowa. Radcliffe continued to pressure, charging to the first-place spot half way through the race. Building on its lead, the Black and White led by three boat seats heading into the last 500m and maintained control to build an open water advantage to seal the first-place victory in the C final at 6:25.4.
The varsity fours jumped out to an early advantage, building an open water lead right out of the gates. The Black and White continued with its strong performance, sustaining its open water advantage through the halfway point. Continuing its dominance, Radcliffe earned its first-place mark in the D final after clocking in at 7:34.2.