GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Harvard-Radcliffe's heavyweight crew's took 14th place at the 2015 NCAA Rowing Championships, thanks to a strong Petite Final showing from the first varsity and a pair of second-place spots from the second varsity and the varsity four. The Black and White earned 60 team points after the weekend regatta at Lake Natoma.
Taking part in the Petite Final after a great Friday and fast A/B semifinal on Saturday, the 1V posted a solid time of 6:34.510 on glass-like water to take sixth place – the Black and White finished 12th overall in the 1V, upsetting its 13th-place seed coming into the regatta. Radcliffe saw some familiar and nationally prominent competition in Brown, Michigan, Washington State, Indiana and Princeton. Brown's victory in the Petite Final helped the Bears to claim third overall in the team championship.
The V4 boat landed itself in the C Final, and performed very well throughout the 2000 meters. The Black and White started strong, but finished even stronger in a very tight race. Radcliffe (7:50.049) was able to post a 1:57.281 over the last 500 to ward off both Southern Cal and Wisconsin, both of which finished less than a second behind for third and fourth, respectively.
Wrapping things up was the 2V in the C Final in the second lane. Radcliffe, Princeton and Southern Cal were neck-and-neck the entire way, separated by no more than two seconds at any point of the course. The Black and White put together a 1:39.469 first 500-meters and a consistent 1:42.744 at the 1500 mark to cross the finish line in second (6:48.978) behind Princeton to earn 18 team points to the cause.
Ohio State (126 points) laid claim to its third consecutive national championship on Sunday, culminating in a win in the 1V, a second-place finish in the 2V and a fifth-place finish in the V4. California (114) claimed second, while the Ivy League's Brown (112) narrowly took third. Washington (110) and Virginia (104) wrapped up the top-5 of the 2015 NCAA Rowing Championships.