Each member of the Black and White celebrates with her medal (photo courtesy Radcliffe crew).
CAMDEN, N.J. —The Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight earned its first Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges Sprints medal in four years with a third-place showing Sunday on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., highlighting a second-place team performance in which each of the other three Black and White entries earned silver medals.
All 41 of Radcliffe's competing lightweight athletes earned medals, a feat that no other lightweight crew and only Brown and Yale on the heavyweight side accomplished Sunday.The Black and White totaled 59.3 points in the team competition for the Konrad Ulbrich Trophy, trailing only Wisconsin with 61.7. Click here for a full team points chart.
"It was an outstanding day for our team; everyone on the team won a medal and everyone performed at their best.," said Radcliffe head coach Heather Cartwright. " One of our team goals way back in September was for everyone to medal at Sprints, and we did it. I am so proud of each and every one of them; they all worked tremendously hard and, most importantly, they had fun."
The Black and White varsity, ranked fourth nationally and coming off fourth-place finishes in the last three EAWRC Sprints, topped No. 5 Georgetown by more than two seconds in 6:46.646. Radcliffe finished three seconds behind No. 3 Princeton and less than eight back of top-ranked Wisconsin.
The second varsity eight finished less than six seconds behind Wisconsin, gaining significant ground on the Badgers since the teams' meeting two weeks ago in the dual-season finale. Radcliffe's time of 6:58.342 was more than six seconds better than that of third-place Georgetown.
The varsity four narrowly missed breaking the eight-minute mark at 8:00.408 and trailed only Princeton, which did not enter a second varsity eight, finishing about three seconds behind. The Black and White gained more than 10 seconds on the Tigers since the teams' dual meeting and finished about 3.7 seconds ahead of Bucknell and 18 ahead of Wisconsin to avenge dual losses.
Radcliffe's novice eight finished between Wisconsin and Princeton in a three-team field.
The Black and White will face its top rivals again at the IRA National Championships back in Camden June 3-5.
The Radcliffe varsity eight with its bronze medals (photo courtesy Tim Bennett)
Second Varsity Eight