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No. 4 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Hosts No. 2 Stanford Saturday

Senior co-captain Amanda Pfabe and the Black and White are coming off two weeks of hard training without a race (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The No. 4 Radcliffe lightweight crew takes on No. 2 Stanford in a high-profile matchup Saturday morning on the Charles River. It is the second of the Black and White's four straight dual regattas against opponents ranked in the nation's top five.

Interview with Coach Cartwright
Scroll down for an interview with head coach Heather Cartwright on Radcliffe's season so far and Saturday's regatta against the Cardinal. Click here to view the interview on the Harvard Athletics YouTube page.

Racing Schedule
9 a.m. - Second Varsity/Novice Eights
9:24 a.m. - Varsity Eight

Radcliffe Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Natalie Wong, 6: Lizzy Bates, 5: Kelly McCarthy, 4: Emma Lukasiewicz, 3: Elizabeth Hamilton, 2: Erika McCormick, 1: Amanda Pfabe

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Jana Douglas, 8: Grace Hollowell, 7: Charlotte Lane, 6: Lauren Brown, 5: Veronique Irwin, 4: Wynne Evans, 3: Medha Khandelwal, 2: Emily Boyd Walker, 1: Laurel Gabard-Durnam

Novice Eight
Cox: Kyla Adler-McDonald, 8: Erin Flynn, 7: Juliana Stone, 6: Corinne Wee, 5: Anna Mapes, 4: Kathryn Stephens, 3: Andrea Henricks, 2: Kathleen Goodwin, 1: Emiko Zumbro

Last Time Out
The Black and White's last regatta was a two-race home sweep of No. 5 Georgetown April 3. The varsity eight pulled away to a five-second win after the second varsity cruised to beat the Hoyas by nearly 11 seconds. The varsity win gave Radcliffe its second straight Class of 2004 Cup win and its fourth in the six-year history of the trophy.

To be the Best ...
Of the five dual regattas on Radcliffe's schedule this season, four are against the other four teams joining the Black and White in the top five of the national rankings. Radcliffe visits third-ranked rival Princeton next week before closing the dual season against top-ranked Wisconsin and MIT.

History Lesson
This is the second straight season that the Stanford lightweights have visited Radcliffe. The then-No. 3 Cardinal held off the hard-sprinting, fourth-ranked Black and White by 1.53 seconds after entering the final 500 meters with an eight-seat edge. The Radcliffe second varsity placed third behind the two top boats, and the Stanford novice four won the morning's other race. Radcliffe defeated Stanford in previous head-to-head meetings in 2003, '04 and '06.