No. 1 Harvard-Radcliffe Lightweight Varsity Eight Looks for Sprints Crown Sunday
The first varsity pictured at the Beanpot regatta March 30 (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 1 Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew first varsity will look for its first varsity eight title at Eastern Sprints since 2004 when it travels to Camden, N.J., Sunday.
12:00 p.m. – Third Varsity Fours
12:15 p.m. – Novice Eight
12:30 p.m. – Second Varsity
12:45 p.m. – First Varsity
Bow: Emma Framson; 2: Claire Harmange; 3:Taylor Garden; 4: Naomi Lang; 5: Katherine Mallett; 6: Emma Lukasiewicz; 7: Adelaide Backer; Stroke: Elizabeth Lenczowski; Coxswain: Erin Driscoll
Bow: Christine Hughes; 2: Ronit Malka;3: Erika McCormick; 4: Veronique Irwin; 5: Elizabeth MacEachern; 6: Gabrielle McNeill; 7: Elizabeth Hamilton; Stroke: Andrea Linares; Coxswain: Kyla Adler-McDonald
Third Varsity Four
Bow: Devi Lockwood; 2: Katherine Fair; 3: Olivia Henry; Stroke: Elizabeth Wang; Coxswain: Elissa Lin
Bow: Rebecca Curran; 2: Cybele Greenberg; 3: Laura Ottinger; 4: Karoline Xu; 5: Teresa Oszkinis; 6: Jenai Akina; 7: Niamh Durfee; Stroke: Nicole Golden; Coxswain: Gabriella Giugliano
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We're No. 1
The Black and White sit at No. 1 in the most recent USRowing Collegiate Poll, mainly due to its win over then-No. 1 and defending national champion Stanford on the Charles River April 21. The Cardinal fell to No. 2 after Radcliffe's win and Princeton stayed at No. 3.
Related Link: Complete USRowing Collegiate Polls
Related Video: Reigning National Champions Stanford Falls to Harvard-Radcliffe Lightweight Crew
Last Time Out
Racing in blue and yellow shirts with the "Row For Boston" printed on them; the Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew won races against MIT's first and second varsity April 27. The No. 1 ranked first varsity of the usually Black and White turned blue and yellow of Radcliffe jumped out to an early lead and gained more water to win, 6:39.4-6:51.9. Radcliffe remained undefeated on the season with the victory.
Related Link: Rowing For Boston, No. 1 Harvard-Radcliffe Lightweight 1V, 2V Cruise Past MIT
Radcliffe and MIT, along with crews from Boston University, Boston College, Holy Cross and Northeastern, wore "Row for Boston" shirts last weekend to support the Boston Children's Hospital after the Boston Marathon bombings. Radcliffe's Corinne Wee designed the shirts, which can be purchased at bostonstrong.boathousegear.com until May 6.
Related Link: Row for Boston Bonds Rowing Community in Support of Boston Children's Hospital
Radcliffe Lightweight Sprints Titles
The Radcliffe lightweights have won the Eastern title at Sprints 12 times. Nine of those championships came in varsity eight races: 1977, '80, '82, '84, '85, '87, '97, 2004. On three other occasions (1993, '94 and '96), the Black and White won the Sprints title by virtue of its win in the varsity four when no varsity eight race was contested. Radcliffe also won the varsity four in 1995 and '98 and won the novice eight in 2007. Wisconsin has won six of the last seven 1V races at Sprints.
Related Link: Complete Sprints Results
The Medal Stand
The Black and White varsity lightweight varsity eight is seeking its fourth straight Sprints medal following a three-year drought. The second varsity won Radcliffe's first Women's Sprints gold in a half-decade (Novice Eight, 2007) last year after earning silver the past three years.
Returning to Sprints
Half of Radcliffe's first varsity boat from last season will row in the 1V race again this season. Katherine Mallett, Emma Lukasiewicz, Adelaide Backer; Elizabeth Lenczowski will look for the Black and White's first 1V victory since 2004.
Eyes on IRAs
The IRA National Championships will be at Lake Natoma, Calif., May 31‑June 2. Radcliffe has won five lightweight national titles: in 1991, '93, '95, '96 and '97. The varsity eight finished third last year and fourth each of the three seasons before that. The Black and White won medals every year from 2000 to '06.