Radcliffe Second Varsity Lights Top Wisconsin, Stanford, MIT; Varsity Third

The Radcliffe second varsity edged ahead of Wisconsin before pulling away in the final 500 meters.
The Radcliffe second varsity edged ahead of Wisconsin before pulling away in the final 500 meters.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Radcliffe lightweight second varsity eight defeated Wisconsin, Stanford and MIT, while the fourth-ranked Black and White varsity eight placed third behind No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 1 Stanford in the grand final of a six-team regatta Saturday on the Charles River.

Following a pair of early-morning varsity heats, the Radcliffe second varsity started the late-morning racing session with a 4.2-second win. The varsity eight then stayed close for much of the grand final before the dueling Badgers and Cardinal pulled away as they battled down the stretch. Wisconsin won by four-fifths of a second. The races were rowed under sunny skies and into a headwind that increased as the morning progressed.

Video of the second varsity race and varsity grand final is available at the Crimson Central portal, under the On Demand tab.

"I think both of our boats had really good races," said head coach Michiel Bartman. "I'm obviously very excited about the win by the 2V. They executed their race very well, and it was convincing. They showed great improvement from the race against Georgetown two weeks ago."

It was Wisconsin that went ahead first in the second varsity event, leading by Stanford by three seats and Radcliffe by five through 500 meters. The Badgers lengthened that margin slightly in the second 500 meters, but the Black and White surged back in the third 500. Radcliffe took the lead in front of the MIT boathouse and pulled away over the final quarter of the race to win in 7:33.4. Wisconsin finished second, 4.5 seconds ahead of the Cardinal. MIT placed fourth in 8:12.0.

In the varsity heats, Stanford and Wisconsin won in nearly identical times. Radcliffe was right behind, finishing two-fifths of a second behind heat-winner Wisconsin in 7:16.5.

In the grand final, the Black and White, Badgers and Cardinal quickly pulled away from fourth-place Buffalo. Wisconsin and Stanford distanced themselves as they fought neck-and-neck down the second half of the course. The Badgers eventually emerged with the win in 7:24.9, with the Cardinal following in 7:25.7. Radcliffe clocked a time of 7:36.4, more than a half-minute ahead of Buffalo.

"The heat went really well and we raced well in the final, but we were unable to be competitive in the second half of the race," Bartman said. "It gives us some work to do before we race these teams again, and all the rowers are looking forward to that."

The Black and White will finish the weekend by racing MIT for the Muri Cup Sunday morning. The video stream has been canceled due to the threat of rain.

Varsity Eight Grand Final
Wisconsin 7:24.9
Stanford 7:25.7
Radcliffe 7:36.4
Buffalo 8:09.8

Varsity Eight Petite Final
MIT 8:26.0
Massachusetts 9:09.1

Second Varsity Eight
Radcliffe 7:33.4
Wisconsin 7:37.6
Stanford 7:42.1
MIT 8:12.0

Varsity Eight Heat 1
Stanford 7:16.2
Buffalo 7:27.9
MIT 7:39.9

Varsity Eight Heat 2
Wisconsin 7:16.1
Radcliffe 7:16.5
Massachusetts 8:24.9