Radcliffe faces two more highly ranked squads, No. 2 Stanford and No. 7 Buffalo, next weekend (photo courtesy Jacquie Labatt).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The fourth-ranked Radcliffe lightweight varsity eight defeated Georgetown Saturday morning on the Potomac River to extend its hold on the Class of 2004 Cup to three seasons.
The Black and White (3-0) won by about three-quarters of a length to claim its first trophy of the spring and win the Class of 2004 Cup for the fifth time in the seven-year history of the trophy. It was also Radcliffe's first win of the season against a top-five opponent.
"We have a great, friendly rivalry with Georgetown, and they were outstanding hosts," said assistant coach Carrie Morelock. "It was such a great race for all the competitors, and it's satisfying to be the one to walk away with the trophy against a such good team."
Radcliffe took the lead and built an open-water advantage heading into the 1,000-meter mark. Georgetown (0-1) countered with a strong surge to regain contact with the Black and White. The two crews raced at an even pace from there, and Radcliffe was able to match every move by the Hoyas and hold on for the win in an official time of 6:51.