"They are a young crew, so my desire is for them to row and race well," Coach Ed Kloman said. "Our goal was to work on our technique so we are at a place to race competitively in the spring."
"It was an aggressive first mile, and we really put in a good fight," coxswain Nancy M. B. Poon '01 said. "We're working hard, and we have a lot to look forward to this year."
The Radcliffe lightweights must catch up to a fast Princeton crew who marched down the course in 17:51.43, crossing the finish line a full minute before Radcliffe.
Both teams also look forward to the contributions of their novice members. Both Harvard and Radcliffe first novice crews won the youth eight event, which pitted the top under-19 boats of rival colleges and high schools around the nation.
"We are very pleased by [the youth eight win]," said Harvard coach Harry Parker.
Though the results on Sunday were not ideal for the varsity boats, the future looks bright for Radcliffe and Harvard crew teams.