CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The fourth-ranked Radcliffe lightweight crew opens the 2012 spring season by battling No. 5 Georgetown for the Class of 2004 Cup Saturday morning on the Charles River.
8:30 a.m. – Second varsity eight
9:06 a.m. – Varsity eight
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Cox: Maryana Vrubel, 8: Marissa Reichel, 7: Katherine Mallett, 6: Emma Lukasiewicz, 5: Elizabeth Hamilton, 4: Elizabeth Lenczowski, 3: Kelly McCarthy, 2: Adelaide Backer, 1: Elizabeth MacEachern
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The Radcliffe varsity eight earned a bronze medal at the EAWRC Sprints and missed a medal at the IRA National Championships by barely two seconds. The top Black and White boat posted a 6-2 dual record, while the second varsity eight registered a 4-0 mark against other second varsities and placed second at Sprints. Members of the second varsity placed third as a varsity four at the IRA regatta.
In the Fall
The Black and White lightweight eight earned a third-place finish, narrowly missing the runner-up spot, in the Head of the Charles Regatta in October, highlighting a successful fall season. Radcliffe finished barely a second off the pace of second-place Stanford, the defending national champion.
In the Launch
Olympic champion, three-time Olympic medalist and 15-year coaching veteran Michiel Bartman begins his first spring guiding the Radcliffe lightweights. Bartman spent six years as the head coach at Vesper Boat Club, preparing elite athletes to compete at the World Rowing Championships and Olympic Games.
Radcliffe topped Georgetown by 1.4 seconds last spring on the Potomac River to claim the Class of 2004 Cup for the third straight season and the fifth time in the seven-year history of the trophy.
Scouting the Hoyas
The Georgetown lightweight varsity eight opened its season by finishing third against heavyweight crews from Georgetown, West Virginia and North Carolina. The Hoya lights defeated UNC but were edged by WVU. Georgetown raced last weekend at the Occoquan Sprints.