Top Women's Lightweight Opposition Comes to Cambridge

The Black and White will compete in regattas with seven top-10 teams during its dual season.
The Black and White will compete in regattas with seven top-10 teams during its dual season.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Top women's lightweight crews from across the country converge on the Charles River Saturday, and Radcliffe and MIT meet Sunday for the Muri Cup.

Saturday's regatta features six of the nation's top 10 varsity eights: No. 4 Radcliffe, No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 7 Buffalo, No. 8 MIT and No. 10 Massachusetts. The top two teams from each of two early-morning finals advance to the grand final at 12:06 p.m.

Saturday's Schedule
6:54 a.m.* – Varsity eight: Buffalo, Stanford, MIT
7:30 a.m.* – Varsity eight: Radcliffe, Wisconsin, Massachusett
11:18 a.m. – Second varsity eight
12:06 a.m. – Varsity eight grand final
12:30 a.m. – Varsity eight petite final
*Top two teams to grand final; third-place team to petite final

Sunday's Schedule
8:00 a.m. – Novice eight
8:40 a.m. – Varsity eight

Watch From Home
Live video of Saturday's second varsity race and varsity final is scheduled to be webcast here. Please note that in the event of rain, the video stream will be canceled. UPDATE: Sunday's video stream has been canceled due to forecast of rain.

Last Time Out
The Black and White varsity won by more than 11 seconds to claim the cup from No. 5 Georgetown for the sixth time in eight years of competition here April 7. The second varsity eight started the day by winning by more than 13 seconds, while the novice eight was less than four seconds back of the Hoyas. Click here for video of the varsity race.

History Lesson
Radcliffe raced Buffalo and Stanford in separate dual races last year, defeating the Bulls a day after falling to the Cardinal. The races against Stanford were moved to the Powerhouse stretch and shortened to 1,500 meters. The Cardinal won the varsity race by six seconds, and the Radcliffe second varsity won by 4.8. The Black and White varsity and second varsity eights both topped Buffalo.

The Black and White defeated MIT for the Muri Cup last year, increasing its cup series lead to 3-0. The trophy is named for Harvard men's lightweight freshman coach and former MIT standout Linda Muri.

Senior Salute
Four seniors will race on the Charles River for the final time in their Harvard careers this weekend: captain Marissa Reichel, coxswain Maryana Vrubel, Kelly McCarthy and Jordan Taylor.

Probable Boatings
Varsity Eight
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

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Kyla Adler-McDonald, 8: Andrea Linares, 7: Veronique Irwin, 6: Claire Harmange, 5: Jordan Taylor, 4: Devi Lockwood, 3: Christine Hughes, 2: Taylor Garden, 1: Emma Framson

Novice Eight
Cox: Elissa Lin, 8: Katherine Fair, 7: Kelsey Rankin, 6: Kiara Kealoha, 5: Olivia Krusel, 4: Tiffany Fonseca, 3: Priya Duvvuri, 2: Glynis Healey, 1: Tian Kisch