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After Strong Early Push, Women's Lights Claim Bronze At Eastern Sprints

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/04/2014
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Princeton earned bronze at the 2014 EAWRC Championships Sunday.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Despite a blistering start, the third-ranked Princeton women's lightweight rowing team was unable to claim its seventh EAWRC Championship Sunday morning on Cooper River. Radcliffe won its second straight title with a course record finish of 6:26.536, which topped Princeton by less than eight seconds.

Wisconsin was able to move past Princeton for second place in 6:30.876, though Tiger head coach Paul Rassam thinks that his team's push for gold may have ultimately caused it to earn bronze. And it was that push that he was most proud about.

"Our 1V swung for the fences, taking a very aggressive race against the top seed Radcliffe," he said. "We led the first 400 meters. Perhaps that cost us the silver. Maybe we extended ourselves a little too much. I don't know. I'd rather go for it like that 10 out of 10 times.

"I'll see if the athletes agree or want to take a more conservative approach at IRAs," he added. "I don't know, but I think next time around we can swing big but also maintain our speed a bit better in four weeks time. One thing is clear, the league is deep and fast this year and it's exciting."

Both the 2V and the V4 missed the medal stand, but Rassam is confident that his group will be ready to compete for multiple medals when they reach Mercer Lake at the end of May for the IRA National Championships.

"We look forward to putting together a strong four from the 2V group for IRAs and refocusing in the 1V8 on how to execute a more perfect piece," he said.

VARSITY EIGHT
Radcliffe 6:26.536
Wisconsin 6:30.876
Princeton 6:34.464
Boston University 6:38.381

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT
Boston University 6:45.569
Radcliffe 6:46.139
Wisconsin 6:50.247
Princeton 7:25.344

VARSITY FOUR
Wisconsin 7:46.455
Radcliffe 7:51.957
Boston University 8:07.438
Princeton 8:57.905

PRINCETON LINEUPS

V8: (C) Eden Full, (S) Juliette Hackett, (7) Christina Warren, (6) Becky Kreutter, (5) Julia Wendt, (4) Elizabeth Lawless, (3) Emily Hill, (2) Maggie Stroebel, (B) Phoebe Huang

2V8: (C) Teresa Rufin, (S) Jacqueline Li, (7) Alicia Lamb, (6) Helen Stillwell, (5) Gabriella Pezzini, (4) Katie Mirabella, (3) Abby Ulcej, (2) Danielle Sawtelle, (B) Joelle Deleveaux

V4: (C) Joyce Lee, (S) Aleka Gurel, (3) Rebecca De La Espriella, (2) Sarah Lossing, (B) Clarissa Lotson
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