Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Opens 2015 Season at Brown

Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Opens 2015 Season at Brown

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. 


First Varsity
Coxswain: Jenny Wong; Stroke: Lizzy Fitzhenry; 7: Kelsey Barolak; 6: Lauren Tracey; 5: Mary Carmack; 4: Freddie Archibald; 3: Sofia Donnecke; 2: Abba Parker; Bow: Erin Slatery 

Second Varsity
Coxswain: McKenna Kardish; Stroke: Maeve Hoffstot; 7: Emily Gaudiani; 6: Katherine Playfair; 5: Sofia Jonas; 4: Kelly Whelan; 3: Molly Jennerman; 2: Lize Flint; Bow: Zabie Elmgren 

Third Varsity
Coxswain: Neha Reddy; Stroke: Tori Basedow; 7: Ellie Parker; 6: Cecilia Laguarda; 5: Maddy Berg; 4: Simi Tani-Olgbemi; 3: Lucy Rogers; 2: Rachel Milam; Bow: Emma Nealis

Varsity Four A
Coxswain: Katie Felsheim; 4: Gen Mulligan; 3: Emi Nietfeld; 2: Bella Benduski; 1: Laura Bleeke

Varsity Four B
Coxswain: Victoria Lellis; 4: Hannah Osborn; 3: Kathleen Malloch; 2: Heidi Nocka; 1: Mimi Tanski

Varsity Four C
Coxswain: Helen Eisenach; 4: Danielle Feffer; 3: Alyssa Seigman; 2: Bella Gomez; 1: Ali Forelli

Season Preview


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.  

Last Meeting
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.

Last Season
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. 

Scouting Brown
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).

Up Next
Radcliffe heads to New Jersey to take on Princeton, Cornell and Virginia April 11.