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Radcliffe Crews Open Fall with Dominant Showing in New Hampshire

Lightweight coach Heather Cartwright's crew got the year off to a strong start (photo courtesy DSPics.com).

PEMBROKE, N.H.-The Radcliffe heavyweight and lightweight crews began their fall season by taking the top three and four of the top five spots in the women's open eight at the New Hampshire Championships, hosted by Amoskeag Rowing Club, Saturday on the Merrimack River.

The Black and White raced three heavyweight boats, Radcliffe A, B, and C; and two lightweight boats, Radcliffe D and E. With a strong tail wind combined with strong tail current, the race was fast; the Radcliffe A boat finished first with a time of 15:20.48. Junior Olivia Coffey stroked the winning entry and was joined by Tara Larson, Kirsten Van Fossen, Liz Soutter, Katie O'Hanlon, Mary Jackson, Meg Kehan, Rachel Knaster and coxswain Alyssa Murray.

Radcliffe B crossed the line only three-tenths of a second off the pace of Radcliffe A, with a time of 15:20.71. Radcliffe D finished third, first among lightweight boats, with a time of 15:33.73. Boston College A placed fourth with a time of 15:53.23, and Radcliffe E finished fifth with a time of 15:57.27. Radcliffe C finished 14th overall with a time of 16:53.32.

The Black and White sees its first competitive action on the Charles River in 2009-10 next weekened, when it competes in the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event.

Boatings
Radcliffe A (Heavyweight)
Cox: Alyssa Murray
8: Olivia Coffey
7: Tara Larson
6: Kirsten Van Fossen
5: Liz Soutter
4: Katie O'Hanlon
3: Mary Jackson
2: Meg Kehan
1: Rachel Knaster

Radcliffe B (Heavyweight)
Cox: Jill Carlson
8: Mary Maginnis
7: Jessica Flakne
6: Celia Kohl
5: Scout Moran
4: Shelley Pearson
3: Mary Miller
2: Kate Morris
1: Lucy Chen 

Radcliffe C (Heavyweight)
C-Andrea Rickey
8: Gillian Chase
7: Alex Kuschner
6: Belinda O'Donnell
5: Marisa D'Orsogna
4: Molly Griffin
3: Jess Mealia
2: Christina McClintock
1: Margot Leger

Radcliffe D (Lightweight Varsity Eight)
Cox: Jana Douglas
8: Grace Hollowell
7: Amanda Pfabe
6: Lizzy Bates
5: Natalie Wong
4: Marissa Reichel
3: Kelly McCarthy
2: Erika McCormick
1: Veronique Irwin

Radcliffe E (Lightweight Second Varsity Eight)
Cox: Maryana Vrubel
8: Emma Lukasiewicz
7: Vicky Koski-Karell
6: Wynne Evans
5: Liz Hamilton
4: Lauren Brown
3: Leah Schwartz
2: Charlotte Lane
1: Medha Khandelwal