Men's Crew Achieves Unprecedented Success At The Head Of The American

Oct. 27, 2001

Sacramento, Calif. - Stanford Men's Crew began the year with a fantastic showing at the Head of the American Regatta in Sacramento, CA. The weather on Lake Natoma was perfect for head racing with blue skies, temperatures in the mid seventies and a slight breeze. In the Open 8 event, the Cardinal raced to a nine-second margin of victory over their closest opponents. In the Collegiate Novice 8 event, both Stanford boats finished 1-2 in their race.

The story of the weekend had to be that of Fred Luminoso, a senior walk-on whose previous Stanford Athletics experience was with the Wrestling team. With only three weeks of experience, Fred spurred the Varsity Eight to a gold medal. After the race, junior Chris Jones noted, 'The results are encouraging as we begin the Fall Head racing. Our goal is to improve with each outing so this will serve as a good benchmark for us.'

Varsity 8+ Lineup:

Seat Name Year HometownCox) Simona Chin SR Houston, TX8) Chris Jones JR Woodlands, TX7) Nate Schuett SR Hobe Sound, FL6) Mike Hawkes JR Santa Maria, CA5) Justin Virgili SR Raleigh, NC4) Stu Scollay JR Sacramento, CA3) Fred Luminoso SR Los Gatos, CA2) Matt Altman SO Seattle, WA1) Eric Shedlosky JR Old Lyme, CT

On another bright note, the two Freshmen Eights of eager Cardinal rowers raced with enthusiasm. Their efforts paid off with the best showing for the Stanford Frosh group ever. Freshmen coach Jon Allbin noted: 'These guys have done a really great job of balancing their academic work with their introduction to crew. I am eager to see them continue to grow and contribute to the Cardinal squad.'

Freshmen 8+ Lineups

Seat Name Hometowncox) Zack Cooper McLean, VA8) Martin Mumford Mill Valley, CA7) Eerik Hantsoo Washington, DC6) Jamie Green Mercer Island, WA5) Brian Belmont Allentown, PA4) Gene Berdichevsky Richmond, VA3) Joe Melaragno San Diego, CA2) Glenn Bean Reedley, CA1) Jason Stone Naperville, IL

cox) Sam Chang Austin, TX8) Sam Mcmeekin London, ENG7) Alex Moore Wilmington, DE6) Eric Feeny Woodside, CA5) Rob Evans Saratoga, CA4) David Banks Potomac, MD3) Austin Shoemaker Sarasota, FL2) Alex Pagon Snohomish, WA1) Peter Frykman Rolling Hills, CA

Director of Rowing and Head Men's Coach Craig Amerkhanian noted: 'I am really pleased with the effort that the group has made. It was great to see the Varsity and Frosh boats earn gold medals in their races. Now we will have some experience under our belts in preparation for the Newport Fall Regatta.' The Cardinal Men's Crew next face action in Newport Beach, CA at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival on November 4th. The racing field will be highly competitive, including the three-time defending National Champion crew from the University of California.

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