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As the temperature barely reached the 40 degree mark and the wind howled across the Charles River, the Harvard and Radcliffe crew teams fought against the tough conditions at the Foot of the Charles Regatta against Dartmouth, MIT, BU, BC, Northeastern, and Brown.
This Sunday, Harvard women’s crew took on a field comprising many of the top teams in the country and came away with some strong finishes. The Radcliffe heavyweight and lightweight teams travelled to Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton 3-Mile Chase.
Hundreds of boats from across the country competed in club and collegiate races over the weekend on the Charles River.
Ultimately, the lightweight team demonstrated its competitive prowess, breaking the top-three in multiple races, while the heavyweight team was unable to live up to expectations, leaving much room for improvement.
Senior Lauren Tracey and captain Frederika Archibald of the women's heavyweight crew team were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-Americans, one of the highest honors in women's rowing. This was the first time since the 2013 season that the Crimson had more than one rower earn this honor.
Captain Frederika Archibald, who began her rowing career in her hometown of Merivale, New Zealand, joined teammate Lauren Tracey as one of two Pocock All Americans for the Radcliffe squad this year.
The women's heavyweight crew team has not won the Head of the Charles championship eights since 1973, a fact it will look to change this weekend. The championship eight race will kick off for the Radcliffe heavies at 2:44 pm on Sunday.
During the 2014 Head of the Charles varsity eight, the women took first among collegiate crews with a time of 16:59.60.
The women's heavyweight crew operates under the charge of Liz O'Leary, who is in her 29th season at Harvard.
The women's heavyweight and lightweight crew teams have won a combined nine Head of the Charles titles. Most recently the lightweight eights captured the top spot in 2013.
The women's lightweight crew team has a new leader at the helm in Sarah Schwegman. Schwegman most recently coached for the Riverside Boat Club and The Winsor School.
A recruited heavyweight rower out of high school, senior Kristen Faulkner took time off from the sport before rejoining the Harvard program—but this time as a lightweight competitor.
The designation of a Pocock All-American is one of the highest honors one can attain in women’s collegiate rowing. Recently, senior Lauren Tracey and captain Frederika Archibald—members of the women’s heavyweight crew team—were honored as first-team and second-team All-Americans, respectively.
Just a few years removed from international competition, new Radcliffe lightweight crew coach Sarah Schwegman brings her experience to the dock.
With thousands of fans on hand for the Head of the Charles regatta, the Harvard crew program will have the chance to showcase old and new talent over the weekend spectacle.