No. 5 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew to Compete at IRA National Championships

No. 5 Radcliffe Lightweight Crew to Compete at IRA National Championships

Start Time
   IRA National Championships
Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3
Mercer County Park Marina
West Windsor, N.J.
8 a.m.
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The No. 5 Radcliffe lightweight crew team is scheduled to conclude the 2017-18 season at the IRA Championships this weekend in West Windsor, N.J at Mercer County Park Marina. 

The Black and White has won six national championships, most recently in 2014. RVL won in 2014 after a 17-year hiatus. In 1997 the Black and White won the last of three straight titles and the first determined at the IRA Regatta. Radcliffe won National Collegiate Rowing Championships crowns in 1991, '93, '95 and '96 in Cincinnati. 

Scouting the Field
In the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, Radcliffe ranked No. 5 in the country, its highest rank since March 28. Radcliffe trails Stanford, Boston University, Princeton and Wisconsin, all of which the team will see in the first round of races on June 2. 

June 2
8:10 a.m. – 2X
8:20 a.m. – V4
8:30 a.m. – V8
11:15 a.m. – 2X Repechage 

June 3
8 a.m. – 2X Grand
8:50 a.m. – V4 Grand
11:20 a.m. – V8 Grand 

Probable Boatings (subject to change)
V8 – McKenzie Parks (cox), Alanah Anderson (Stroke), Olivia Farrar (7), Maria Boyle (6), Brigid Kennedy (5), Abigail Koerner (4), Julia Baumel (3), Claire Albert (2), Tessa Buchan (bow) 

V4 – Electra Lang (cox), Marissa Saenger (stroke), Gretchen Dougherty (3), Molly Lesser (2), Gina Cusing (bow) 

2X – Ellie Bernstein, Julia Davis 

Eastern Sprints Recap
The Black and White competed in four races with its third varsity posting the best finish, a third-place showing. 

It was a neck-and-neck battle for Radcliffe's third varsity eight against Ivy foe No. 4 Princeton, but at the flag the Black and White edged the Tigers by 0.548 seconds with a time of 7:50.397. 

Radcliffe's first varsity eight placed fifth in its race, coming up less than a second shy of No. 5 Georgetown in fourth. No. 2 Boston University won the event. Radcliffe placed fourth in both the double and the varsity four races. In the varsity four, the Black and White was just over a second off of third-place Georgetown.

In the Polls (USRowing Collegiate Poll)

March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9
May 16