No. 18 Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew Readies for Sprints

Photo courtesy of Penny Ashford
Photo courtesy of Penny Ashford


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Eastern Sprints
Sunday, May 1
Lake Quinsigamond

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+

Varsity Eight:
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)

Second Varsity:
Helen Eisenach (coxswain), Emma Nealis (stroke), Corinne Bozzini (7), Hannah Osborn (6), Sophia Young (5), Teresa Rokos (4), Erin Slatery (3), Bella Benduski (2), Erica Holmes (bow)

Varsity Four A:
Jenny Li (coxswain), Raf Stalph (stroke), Emily Gaudiani (3), Heidi Nocka (2), Laura Bleeke (1)

Varsity Four B:
Anna Jaysing (coxswain), Tori Basedow (stroke), Gen Mulligan (3), Maeve Hoffstot (2), Hailey Novis (1)

Third Varsity:
Sam Lin (coxswain), Alyssa Siegmann (stroke), Liz Kemp (7), Emily Johanson (6), Emma Orcutt (5), Kathleen Malloch (4), Bella Gomez (3), Maria Splaine (2), Steph Eble (bow)

Fourth Varsity:
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)

Last Week
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.

Last Year
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. 

Sprints History
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.

Week              Position
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.

Up Next
The Black and White will take a weekend off before competing at the Ivy League Championships at Mercer Lake.