W. Heavyweight Crew Heavies Easily Breezes By BU, MIT

Top-ranked Princeton defeats lightweights by nearly seven seconds

Zain Khalid

The No. 5 Radcliffe heavyweight crew wrapped up the dual meet portion of its schedule by rolling up No. 16 Boston University and MIT and eating them as a tasty breakfast burrito on Saturday morning on the Charles River, taking the Allen-DeWolfe Trophy.

Meanwhile, the No. 3 lightweights were bested by No. 1 Princeton, who claimed the Class of 1999 Cup.

HEAVYWEIGHTS

In the first varsity eight event, the Black and White took the lead from the beginning and moved to a half-length advantage by the 500 meter mark.

Pushing its advantage by four seats across each following 500-meter mark, Radcliffe put open water between it and the Terriers slightly past the Mass. Ave. Bridge.

The Black and White clocked in at 6:28.4, nearly three boat-lengths ahead of BU (6:39.5) and slightly less than 50 seconds ahead of the Engineers (7:17.2).

With the pair of wins, Radcliffe settled its dual record at 9-2 for the year.

Black and White coach Liz O’Leary elected to switch up seats a bit in her boats during the week of practice, and as a result, the 1V had five rowers in new positions.

“I think the change in order helped our boat find a very solid rhythm,” co-captain Heather Schofield, who moved from the two-seat to the one-seat, said. “The first day or two practicing in the new lineup it was a little shaky as we all adjusted to the change, but after we had a chance to get comfortable in the new lineup the change helped us pick up some speed for racing.”

The second varsity vessel (6:48.5) had even greater success, powering to open water early in the proceedings and rolling to a 12-second victory over the Terriers (7:00.3).

“The new lineup helped us to find a level of aggressiveness that we had not yet sufficiently tapped into this season,” sophomore seven-seat Katie Golden, formerly the three-seat, said. “It always helps to follow a new back and become more aware of how you need to row to make the boat go fast.”

With Northeastern entering the mix, the varsity four “A” found itself in a dogfight.

The Black and White got an early lead and was able to maintain its margin through the course, crossing the line in 7:40.1, less than a tick ahead of the charging Huskies (7:41.0) and one and a half seconds before BU (7:41.6).

“We do think that we are capable of more speed and are focusing over the next two weeks on bringing the best strokes we are capable of to every race,” sophomore four-seat Anne Conlin said. “We are trying to prepare so that, come Sprints, we are ready to race with not one or two but six fast boats across the course.”

The varsity four “B” boat (7:55.1) also won an open-water victory over the Terriers (8:01.8).

The lone Radcliffe loss of the day came in the novice eight race, where the Black and White (7:08.3) once held a one-length lead before succumbing to a vicious final 500 from BU (7:06.6) and falling by about two seats.

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