Black and White Lightweights Take Cup, Heavyweights Finish Third

Danielle L Lussi

Shown here in earlier competition, the Radcliffe crews came away with mixed results after this weekend’s races, as the lightweights defeated Georgetown to keep the Class of 2004 Cup for a third consecutive season, while the heavyweights were defeated by both Princeton and Cornell.

The Radcliffe heavyweights and lightweights reached the halfway mark in the dual season last Saturday, as the No. 18 heavyweights (1-3) competed against Ivy foes No. 1 Princeton and No. 13 Cornell in the Class of 1975 Cup, while the No. 4 lightweights (3-0) traveled south to take on Georgetown in the Class of 2004 Cup.

Although both Black and White teams were greeted with perfect weather and ideal rowing conditions—the heavyweights on the Charles and the lightweights on the Potomac River—the crews achieved mixed results.

The Radcliffe lightweights defeated Georgetown to keep the Class of 2004 Cup for the third consecutive season, while the heavyweights suffered losses at the hands of both Princeton and Cornell.

Next weekend, the Black and White lightweights will race on home water against Stanford, while the heavyweights will line up against Syracuse, Ohio State, Dartmouth, Minnesota and Louisville in the Charles River Invitational and the O’Leary Cup.

“Most of these teams that we will be facing are ranked higher than us,” sophomore heavyweight Marisa D’Orsogna said. “They are going to be hard teams to beat, but I think that we have a good chance of fitting right in with them or even standing out.”



The performance of the heavyweight crew proved to be rather disappointing last Saturday, as the varsity eight, varsity four and third varsity eight crews each placed third in their races, while the second varsity eight placed second.

In the third varsity eight, both the Tigers and Big Red took quick jumps off the line and maintained quick stroke rates to finish in 7:24.9 and 7:29.4, respectively, with Princeton taking the top spot.

The Black and White finished six seconds behind Cornell with a time of 7:35.8.

During the second race of the day, the Radcliffe varsity four took an early lead off the line, but surges by both the Tigers and Big Red in the second half of the race would ultimately leave the Black and White far behind.

At this point, the race became tightly contested between Cornell and Princeton, with the Big Red finishing first with a time of 7:50.3, and Princeton in a close second at 7:51.4. Radcliffe finished in 8:10.3.

But by midday, the Black and White had shaken off its early morning blues.

In the second varsity eight, Radcliffe finished a second ahead of Cornell in 7:04.5 but behind a fast-moving Princeton, which placed first with 6:55.4.

The main event saw the Black and White varsity eight battle hard but finish two seconds short of second place, as Radcliffe again took third behind the Tigers and Big Red.

Princeton took an early commanding lead over both Cornell and the Black and White and never looked back, as the Tigers finished in 6:36.8 to win their third event of the day.