Stanford Falls To California In Women's Eight

April 21, 2007

Redwood Shores, Calif. - The No. 17 Stanford women lost to the No. 13 California women Saturday in the annual Big Row on Saturday, while the No. 4 Stanford men also fell to No. 2 California. The No. 3 Stanford lightweight women defeated the California lightweights.

'It was a great race between two great teams,' said Stanford director of rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'The boats were level coming through the bridge and that's the kind of intensity you see when these teams go head to head.'

California's winning time was 5:50.3, while Stanford finished in 5:53.6.

Nate Rooks, Donny Simkin, Kevin Baum, Mark Murphy, Silas Stafford, Ottavio Siani, Dave Creighton, Alex Osborne and coxswain Ariel Dixon made up the Stanford line-up.

The Golden Bears also won the men's 2nd varsity eight and freshmen eight races.

In the women's varsity eight, California won by 4.5 seconds with a time of 6:38.3 while Stanford finished in 6:42.8.

California also won the women's second varsity eight and varsity four. The Stanford novice eight defeated the Cal novices.

'We're glad for any chance to race Cal, and since we had such an exciting race with them at the Crew Classic we certainly wanted to challenge them today,' said head women's rowing coach Yaz Farooq. 'I am really happy with improvements that we're making in the second varsity eight and varsity four, but the first varsity eight will need to step it up in the coming weeks.'

Contributors to the varsity women's effort included Kathy Altman, Sophie Aubrey, Kerry Birk, Jenifer Brown, Amelia Carr, Drusia Dickson, Di Eaton, Kelly Fero, Adrienne Fritsch, Bea Gordon, Alex Hasbach, Lauren Hofmayer, Melissa Hulme, Cassie Kull, Julia Liebner, Elle Logan, Stephanie Morrison, Katie O'Neil, Araceli Ortiz, Kerry Pigott, Sonia Poltoratski, Jessi Reel, Eva Sheridan, Sarah Vick, Lena Wolfe and Carly York.

The No. 3 Stanford lightweight women's eight started the day racing the California third Varsity open women's eight, and finished only 3.4 seconds back. One hour later the same lineup raced the Cal lightweight women's eight and won easily by 11 seconds as the crew of Jessica Weigel, Meredith Coleman, Jenny Morawetz, Erin Conlon, Anne Stake, Alex Liptsey-Rahe, Jessica Bryant, Kate Hayes and Olivia Prevost finished that race with a time of 7:20.9.

'Racing two times in an hour is a tall order for any crew, and I felt the crew did a nice job,' said head lightweight women's coach Al Acosta. 'We got the work in, and it's clear what we need to do between now and next weekend's race. We got some really good information today.'

The Stanford lightweight four beat California by open water.

Stanford's lightweights next travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to face No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 4 Georgetown and No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday, April 28.

The Stanford men and open women next face Oregon State and Washington State on Saturday, April 28, in Eugene, Oregon.

Results:

EVENT (WINNER LISTED ON TOP)
WV8
CALIFORNIA -- 06:38.3
STANFORD -- 06:42.8

MV8
CALIFORNIA -- 05:50.3
STANFORD -- 05:53.6

MV8
CALIFORNIA 3V -- 07:02.4
STANFORD LTWT -- 07:05.8

W2V8
CALIFORNIA -- 06:50.8
STANFORD -- 06:58.7

M2V8
CALIFORNIA -- Winner (No Time Taken)
STANFORD -- 00:06.7 back

WV4
CALIFORNIA -- 07:41.3
STANFORD -- 07:45.6

MF8
CALIFORNIA -- 05:49.9
STANFORD -- 06:07.8

WVL8
STANFORD -- 07:20.9
CALIFORNIA -- 07:31.9

WN8
STANFORD -- 07:03.3
CALIFORNIA -- 07:24.1

WVL4
STANFORD -- 07:55.3
CALIFORNIA -- Open Water

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