No. 1 Harvard-Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Set to Defend Sprints Title

Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson
Photo courtesy of Zack Williamson

Undefeated Black and White squad heads to Camden, N.J. for the EAWRC Sprints.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 1 Harvard-Radcliffe lightweight crew heads to Camden, N.J., to defend its Eastern Sprints title Sunday, May 4. Racing begins with the varsity four at 12:15 p.m., with the varsity eight starting at 12:45 p.m.

Racing Schedule
12:15 p.m. - V4+
12:30 p.m. - 2V8
12:45 p.m. - V8

First Varsity
Coxswain: Erin Driscoll; Stroke: Naomi Lang; 7: Adelaide Backer; 6: Elizabeth Pate; 5: Gabrielle McNeill; 4: Claire Harmange; 3: Katherine Mallett; 2: Elizabeth Lenczowski; Bow: Olivia Henry

Second Varsity
Coxswain: Gabriella Giugliano; Stroke: Andrea Linares; 7: Serena Blacklow; 6: Elizabeth Wang; 5: Taylor Garden; 4: Elizabeth MacEachern; 3: Ruby Emberling; 2: Devi Lockwood; Bow: Katherine Fair

Varsity Four
4: Ronit Malka; 3: Emma Mackie; 2: Erin Walk; 1: Geraldine Jowett; Coxswain: Samantha Guhan

Novice Four
4: Katelyn McEvoy; 3: Lucy Burke; 2: Nicasia Beebe-Wang; 1: Yaara Yacoby; Coxswain: Laura Chang

Last Time Out
Radcliffe continued its unbeaten season, besting No. 3 Princeton on Lake Carnegie last Saturday morning in a firm headwind. The Black and White earned its second-consecutive, and third overall, Class of 1999 Cup with a win in the varsity eight. Radcliffe opened up an open water advantage over the 2K race, finishing in 7:14.4.

In the Polls
The Black and White remain atop the USRowing poll for the second-straight week with 179 points and eight of the nine first-place votes. After besting Stanford at the Lightweight Invitational April 19, Radcliffe unseated the Cardinal to move into the No. 1 position. Stanford remains at No. 2, followed by Princeton, Wisconsin and Bucknell.

Sprints History
The Radcliffe lightweights have won the Eastern title at Sprints 13 times. Nine of those championships came in varsity eight races: 1977, '80, '82, '84, '85, '87, '97, 2004 and '13. 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 eight 1V races at Sprints.

Last Year
The Radcliffe varsity eight won gold at the EAWRC Sprints for the first time since 2004 a year ago. The second varsity and varsity four also won grand final races on the Cooper River. The first varsity and varsity four each won by more than nine seconds, while the second varsity pulled out a four-second win against the best boats in the east, to help Radcliffe to its first Konrad Ulbrich Points Trophy.

In the Launch
A successful rowing coach at multiple levels, Elizabeth "Lou" Berl begins her first season with the Radcliffe lights in 2014. Formerly the head coach at her alma mater Trinity College, Berl also has stops with Virginia and Ohio State.

Crack the Champagne
Radcliffe debuted its newest boat April 19, the Edith Blue, donated by Edith Cooper '83, the Managing Director, Global Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs.  

Last Season
Radcliffe upped its bronze medal performance from 2012 with a second-place finish a season ago at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. The Black and White was clipped by Stanford in the grand final. The lightweight four also crossed second, edged out by Wisconsin.

Up Next
Radcliffe will head to the IRA National Championships May 29-June 1 in Mercer, N.J.