CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its 45th season of competition, the No. 12 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight rowing team heads to Providence, R.I., to take on No. 3 Brown Friday, April 3. The race, originally scheduled for Saturday in Cambridge, will begin at 5:50 p.m. on the Seekonk River Friday night.
This will be the third-straight season that the Black and White begins its season against the Bears.
Varsity Four A
Coxswain: Katie Felsheim; 4: Gen Mulligan; 3: Emi Nietfeld; 2: Bella Benduski; 1: Laura Bleeke
In the Polls
Radcliffe opened the season tied for No. 12 in the NCAA rankings with 213 points. Ohio State earned the top spot with 18 first place votes, followed by Virginia and Brown.
In the Launch
In her 29th season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2014-15, head coach Liz O'Leary owns a 194-97 career dual record with 15 appearances in the NCAA Championship, including the 2003 title and a 2005 bronze medal finish.
A season ago, the Black and White was swept at Brown despite close finishes across the board. With a variable cross wind and cross head wind, all the races were completed against the incoming tide. The varsity eight recorded the closest finish of the day, finishing five seconds behind the Bears (6:21.80) with a time of 6:26.80.
For the fourth-straight year and 16th time in the 18-year history of the event, Radcliffe earned a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Black and White finished 13th overall after improving their spot at the Ivy League Championships to place third two weeks earlier.
Brown, ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll, won the Class of 1987 Trophy in its season opener at No. 8 Princeton. The Bears also bested Michigan, ranked No. 6, on Lake Carnegie last Saturday. The first varsity eight won its race with a time of 7:14.4, finishing eight seconds ahead of Princeton (7:22.3) and 14 seconds ahead of Michigan (7:28.9).
Radcliffe heads to New Jersey to take on Princeton, Cornell and Virginia April 11.