Saturday's racing marked the end of a strong fall season for Radcliffe (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight crew finished its fall season with a morning of strong team racing, finishing first among lightweight entries in the top varsity and novice events Saturday in the Foot of the Charles Regatta.
The Radcliffe varsity four "A" placed 23rd overall among 49 boats, the novice eight took 11th placed of 23 and the third varsity eight finished eighth of 14. Head coach Heather Cartwright utilized the depth of the program, using some new lineups and putting every member of her roster on the water.
"Every athlete in the program raced, and I thought they raced well," Cartwright said. "We mixed up the boats quite a bit after the Head of the Charles to see how people performed in different seats. I thought everyone worked really hard this fall, and I'm excited for the spring."
One key to the team effort was the versatility of sophomore Juliana Stone. Because the Black and White was one athlete short of the number needed to field four varsity fours, one novice eight and one third varsity eight, Stone competed in both the varsity four and eight events—rowing on different sides of the boat in each race—to enable all her teammates to be able to compete.
"Today was an incredible finale to our fall season," Stone said. "The regatta felt like a culmination of all of our hard work, and it was particularly special to have everyone out there racing."
The varsity four "A" finished the head race in 14:37.9, two places and 3.1 seconds ahead of Buffalo, the second-fastest lightweight boat. The "C" four placed 33rd in 15:02.1, followed by Radcliffe "D" in 35th in 15:03.6 and Radcliffe "B" in 42nd in 15:27.5.
The Radcliffe novices finished in 14:24.1, trailing only nine heavyweight "A" entries and one heavyweight "B" boat. The Black and White, coached by assistant coach Carrie Morelock, finished ahead of the heavyweight "A" boats from Massachusetts and Rutgers, the MIT lightweights and nine heavyweight "B" and "C" entries.
"I was particularly pleased with how our novices did," said Cartwright. "Carrie's done a great job with them. They rowed with great composure and aggressiveness."
The Black and White third varsity eight finished in 13:52.1, trailing only Massachusetts, which did not enter any lightweight fours, among lightweight boats. Radcliffe defeated the heavyweight "A" boats from Northeastern, Syracuse and Boston University.