No. 6 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Readies for Knecht Cup

No. 6 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Readies for Knecht Cup


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Knect Cup
April 14 - April 15
Mercer Lake, West Windsor, N.J.
7:30 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – The No. 6 Radcliffe lightweight crew returns to New Jersey for the second weekend in a row, this time to compete in the Knect Cup regatta on Mercer Lake. Racing will take place over Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 with a plethora of the nation's top crews competing in the event. 

RADCLIFFE SCHEDULE (Complete Racing Schedule)
Saturday, April 14
7:30 a.m. – Lightweight Eight
8:02 a.m. – Second Varsity Four
8:34 a.m. – Varsity Four
8:42 a.m. – Novice Four
9:14 a.m. – Lightweight Four
9:22 a.m. – Lightweight Four
10:18 a.m. – Varsity Eight
1 p.m. – Varsity Four Semifinals
1:16 p.m. – Varsity Eight Semifinals

Sunday, April 15 (Contingent Upon Qualifying)
8:10/8:20 a.m. – Lightweight Four Finals
8:40 a.m. – Novice Four Final
9 a.m. -  Second Varsity Four
9:10/9:20/9:30 a.m – Varsity Four Finals
10:20/10:30 a.m. – Lightweight Eight Finals
12:30/12:40/12:50 p.m. – Varsity Eight Finals

PROBABLE BOATINGS (Subject to Change)
Varsity Eight & Lightweight EightMcKenzie Parks (Cox), Alanah Anderson (Stroke), Olivia Farrar (7), Samantha Shao (6), Maria Boyle (5), Brigid Kennedy (4), Claire Albert (3), Julia Baumel (2), Tessa Buchan (Bow)

Varsity Four and Lightweight FourElectra Lang (cox), Abigail Koerner (Stroke), Mykayla Sandler (3), Julia Davis (2), Gina Cusing (Bow)

Second Varsity Four and Lightweight FourClaire Burch/Juliet Pesner (Cox), Molly Lesser (Stroke), Elizabeth Bernstein (3), Marissa Saenger (2), Gretchen Dougherty (Bow)

Novice Four – Krista Anderson (Cox), Andie Turner (Stroke), Zizi Kendall (3), Molly Sacks (2), Mackenzie Smith (Bow) 

The third varsity eight earned a two-second victory over Princeton last weekend, but the No. 2 Tigers took victories in the varsity eight, varsity four and varsity double. 

Radcliffe is a two-time winner of the Knect Cup, taking the top honor in 2006 and 2015. The Black and White placed sixth last year and took fourth in 2016. Stanford is the two-time defending champion, but the nation's top lightweight crew will not compete at this week's event. 

Although No. 1 Stanford will now compete this year, the Knect Cup still features a loaded field of top-ranked teams. Joining the sixth-ranked Black and White is No. 2 Princeton, the three teams tied at No. 3 in the latest US Rowing Coaches Poll, Boston University, Georgetown and Wisconsin, as well as No. 7 MIT.

Radcliffe stands pat at No. 6 in the US Rowing Coaches Poll this week.



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In her third season at the helm, Radcliffe lightweights head coach Sarah Baker guided the Black and White to a 9-7 dual record. Radcliffe captured the Eastern Sprints title last season and earned a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships in 2016.

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Radcliffe returns to the Charles River April 21, rowing against MIT and Boston University for the Muri Cup and Beanpot.