No. 4 Radcliffe Lights Down No. 5 Bucknell, Fall to No. 3 Princeton

No. 4 Radcliffe Lights Down No. 5 Bucknell, Fall to No. 3 Princeton

Natalie Wong and Marissa Reichel helped the Radcliffe varsity eight defeat the Bison (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).

PRINCETON, N.J.—The fourth-ranked Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight defeated No. 5 Bucknell and lost to No. 3 Princeton while the novice eight dominated the Tigers at the Class of 1999 Cup regatta Saturday morning on Lake Carnegie.

The lead changed hands three times in a hard-fought varsity race. The Black and White moved in front first, only to lose the lead and recapture it before Princeton went ahead for good around the 1,000-meter mark. Radcliffe sprinted back into contention in the final 250 meters, but the Tigers held on for a 2.3-second win in 7:14.6 to reclaim the Class of 1999 Cup following Radcliffe's win last season.

The Radcliffe varsity eight finished 14 seconds before Bucknell, last season's runner-up in the IRA National Championships. The Black and White second varsity eight raced against the top boats from the other schools and placed fourth.

“It was a quite solid race, and I was proud of the way we raced.” said Radcliffe head coach Heather Cartwright. “Although the outcome didn't go our way, we have a lot to go on moving forward. I also thought the novice eight was exceptionally strong.”

The novices cruised to a 34.3-second victory against the Tigers. The Radcliffe varsity four placed third against two schools that did not field a second varsity eight. The Black and White posted a time of 8:52.5, about nine seconds behind Bucknell.

Varsity/Second Varsity Eights
Princeton 7:14.6
Radcliffe 1V 7:16.9
Bucknell 7:30.9
Radcliffe 2V 7:40.7

Varsity Four
Princeton 8:35.6
Bucknell 8:43.3
Radcliffe 8:52.5

Novice Eight
Radcliffe 7:53.9
Princeton 8:28.2

Radcliffe Lineups

Varsity Eight
Cox: Jana Douglas, 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: Maryana Vrubel, 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

Cox: Kyla Adler-McDonald, 4: Erin Flynn, 3: Juliana Stone, 2: Danielle Guillette, 1: Anna Mapes

Novice Eight
Cox: Jorie Sullivan, 8: Lillian Alexander, 7: Julia Mason, 6: Corinne Wee, 5: Andrea Henricks, 4: Kathryn Stephens, 3: Emiko Zumbro, 2: Kathleen Goodwin, 1: Rina Perrault