CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 18 Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew heads to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2016 Eastern Sprints Sunday, May 1 on Lake Quinsigamond. The Black and White swept the event last year and is looking for back-to-back titles for the first time in program history.
V8, 2V8, 3V8, V4+, 2V4+, 3V4+
Katie Felsheim (coxswain), Sofia Donnecke (stroke), Freddie Archibald (7), Kelsey Barolak (6), Lauren Tracey (5), Mary Carmack (4), Katherine Playfair (3), Zabie Elmgren (2), Abba Parker (bow)
Brittany Ellis (coxswain), Jeanne Olivier (stroke), Rachel Milam (7), Danielle Feffer (6), Catherine Joyce (5), Jill Scyocurka (4), Elizabeth Ashford (3), Molly Moore (2), Alison Steinbach (bow)
Radcliffe put up a fight at No. 6 Yale, but the rival Bulldogs edged out the Black and White by a 1.8-second margin on the Housatonic River last Saturday. Yale swept the day and retained the Case Cup, but the Radcliffe varsity eight did not go quietly. With a tailwind that increased throughout the day and a light rain during the first event, the V8 withstood a strong start to keep pace with the Bulldogs. Yale made a move over the middle 1,000 meters and a final push by Radcliffe would not be enough.
For the fifth-straight year and 17th time in the 19-year history of the event, Radcliffe earned a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Black and White finished 14th overall and also won the Eastern Sprints title.
This will be the 39th trip to the Eastern Sprints, after sweeping the event and earning its first title since 2003 a season ago. Prior to 2015, the Black and White had not raced in the event since 2011. Overall, Radcliffe has taken home gold seven times.
In the Polls
Radcliffe opened the season at No. 16 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll and sits at No. 18 this week. Cal owns the top spot, followed by Brown, Ohio State and Virginia.
March 9 16
March 22 18
March 29 17
April 6 17
April 13 17
April 20 18
April 27 18
In the Launch
In her 30th season of guiding the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crews in 2015-16, head coach Liz O'Leary owns a 201-104 career dual record with 16 appearances in the NCAA Championship, including the 2003 title and a 2005 bronze medal finish.
The Black and White will take a weekend off before competing at the Ivy League Championships at Mercer Lake.