No. 12 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Has Sights Set on NCAA Championships

No. 12 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Has Sights Set on NCAA Championships

The Black & White has earned its second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After receiving an at-large bid for the second year in a row, the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew is set to trek to Indianapolis, Ind., and Eagle Creek Park for the 2014 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships May 30-June 1. The regatta will crown national champions in varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four competitions.


First Varsity
8: Katie Wilcox
7: Elizabeth Fitzhenry 
6: Jenna Gregoire
5: Frederika Archibald    
4: Lauren Tracey
3: Mary Carmack
2: Deva Steketee
1: Erin Slatery
Cox: Jenny Wong 
Second Varsity
8: Eliza Flint
7: Kelly Bauer
6: Kelsey Barolak
5: Laura Bleeke
4: Kelly Whelan
3: Sofia Jonas
2: Abigail Parker
1: Mimi Tanski
Cox: Greer Rosenbaum 


Varsity Four
4: Margaret Nietfeld
3: Genevieve Mulligan
2: Isabella Benduski
1: Maura Church
Cox: McKenna Kardish


The Field
The NCAA selected 22 programs, including 11 conference champions that received automatic bids. Radcliffe will join two other Ivy League teams in Brown and Princeton, the Ivy League automatic qualifier. The varsity eight will be challenged in its first race with familiar foes in Brown, UMass and Boston University, along with Indiana and Washington in Heat 4.

The second varsity eight will race in Heat 3, going head-to-head with Northeastern, Indiana, Ohio State, California and Jacksonville, while the varsity four will take on Northeastern, Virginia, California and UCLA in Heat 2 in the morning. For all races, the top two boats advance to the A/B semifinals, while the remainder of the crews will head to reps in the afternoon.

NCAA History
The Black and White will race in the NCAA regatta for the fourth straight year and 16th time during the 18-year history of the event. Radcliffe earned a varsity eight bid in 1997 and then team berths in eight straight seasons and again in 2007, '08, '09, '11, '12 and '13. Radcliffe won the NCAA team and varsity eight championships in 2003.

Last Year at NCAAs
After earning an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Championships, Radcliffe compiled 79 points to take 11th place after the varsity eight finished eighth overall and the second varsity crossed the finish line in fourth.

Last Time Out
Radcliffe is coming off a third-place showing Sunday at the Ivy League Women's Rowing Championships on the Cooper River. The Black and White was led by the varsity eight squad, who outpaced its seed to take home bronze.

CRCA Honor Roll
Three members of the Black & White were selected to the New England All-Region teams; Jenna Gregoire and Deva Steketee were named to the CRCA New England All-Region first team, while Frederika Archibald was part of the second team.

Additionally, eight student-athletes were named CRCA Scholar-Athletes. Kelly Bauer (a human evolutionary biology concentrator), Mary Carmack (electrical engineering), Maura Church (applied mathematics), Margaret Nietfeld (computer science), Erin Slatery (human development and regenerative biology), Deva Steketee (romance language and literature), Katie Wilcox (history and science) and Jenny Wong (human evolutionary biology). It is the third CRCA Scholar-Athlete honor for Wilcox and Steketee, and the second for Church.