Radcliffe Crew Readies for Sprints

The varsity four, ranked No. 4 in the region, has had a strong year also, led by veteran stroke Angela Miklavcic.

"They've been doing really well," Tomford said. "Last year they got us the points that put us over the edge for nationals."

The format of Sprints--three heats of six boats, the top two from each moving on to finals--is different from the usual spring races that pit two or three teams against each other in head-to-head competition.


"It's an intense atmosphere," Browning said. "Mentally you have to be on the same page."

Coxswains in particular face a challenge with the crowded racecourse.

"It a different kind of discipline," Diane Marks said. "You can't expect to know exactly where you are all the time, so you have be more flexible with your race plan."

Rowers also must adjust to the new format.

"It's exciting at the start," Browning said. "Boats are always making moves and there's more to stay mentally on top of."

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