Adelaide Backer
Adelaide Backer
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mill Bay, B.C.
High School: Brentwood College
Major: History of Art and Architecture
House Affiliation: Eliot

Junior  2014

Rowed the seventh seat, helping the first varsity to an undefeated regular season and the EAWRC Sprints and IRA Championships titles … Named the IRA Crew of the Year … Helped set a new course record at EAWRC Sprints (6:26.536) … Part of the crew that defeated four of the top seven squads at the Lightweight Invitational to overtake the No. 1 spot in the country … Helped break the school record at the Head of the Charles (17:15.232) and finished first overall of collegiate squads.

Sophomore  2013

Rowed the seventh seat for the first varsity all season, including five wins and a second-place finish at the IRA National Championship … Part of the boat that won the lightweight eights race at the Head of the Charles (16:58.83), a first for Harvard at the regatta (Oct. 20) ... Helped Radcliffe produce the largest margin of victory, 8.259 seconds, in the Eastern Sprints first varsity race since 1996.

Freshman  2012

Rowed for the varsity eight all season … Helped the varsity eight take bronze at the IRA National Championships, the first medal the Radcliffe lightweight crew has captured since 2006 … Contributed to third-place finish at the EAWRC Sprint, the lightweight varsity’s third straight bronze … Rowed in win over Princeton to reclaim the Class of 1999 Cup for the first time since 2009 … Topped MIT by over 30 seconds in a lightweight crew sweep to take the Muri Cup … Finished third against No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 1 Stanford in the grand final of a six-team regatta on the Charles River … Contributed to win over Georgetown.

Before Harvard

Member of both lightweight and heavyweight varsity squads for crew … Earned academic and athletic colours in all years attended at Brentwood College.


Father, Harold, was a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team and attended three consecutive Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992 … Mother, Brenda Colby, was a member of the Canadian National Team for crew.