Stanford Men Fourth in Nation

March 29, 2006

The fourth annual Windermere Real Estate Rowing Classic provided the dual race format for over 20 University Crew teams. Stanford Men's Crew took advantage of the Redwood Shores 2,000 meter course to defeat Yale, Penn, and the University of Washington.

Covering the course on Sunday versus UW in 5:42.03, the Cardinal was the second fastest crew on the water behind nationally ranked number two Cal's 5:41.49. The dual race victory over Washington in the varsity event is unprecedented in the hundred-year history of Stanford Crew.

Senior Captain Jake Cornelius was pleased with the race, but cautioned against an early season letdown. 'This is our first weekend of racing, right off the pressure of final exams so we are happy and realistic about the season long process of high level racing'.

Coach Craig Amerkhanian, entering his sixth season as the Director of Rowing and Men's head coach was reflective about the weekend's results. 'Last season we defeated Cal for the first time in 18 years and proceeded to lose the next four races to them. Our hope is that we have grown and can match this result over the ensuing weeks of racing'.

Amerkhanian and the team are looking forward to the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend and a race with Cal. 'Men's rowing is not an NCAA sport. What this means is that we have competitors with extensive scholarships and varying rules. To race with those teams is very difficult for walk-on student-athletes and the few recruits we get. We will do our best. The NCAA is voting on accepting Men's Crew in a few weeks. Hopefully our Student-athletes will be able to join the 360,000 other student-athletes within the NCAA family and our sport will prosper with equity, expansion and a legitimate national championship'.

Notes-This weekend, the field in the Copley Cup is represented only five Universities (Cal, Purdue, UC Davis, Temple, and Stanford). The final will be at 11:30 am on Sunday. For LIVE results go to jamcotimes.com.

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