Stanford Rowers Pursue 2007 National Team Dreams
July 5, 2007
When Stanford alum and Olympian Jamie Schroeder ('05) won the single sculls at the U.S. National Championships earlier this month, he earned the opportunity to represent the United States in the men's single and quad at the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he'll race July 14-19. But first he's competing in the single this weekend in the prestigious Diamond Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta in the United Kingdom. Schroeder represented the U.S. at the 2004 Olympic Games in the men's four and in last year's World Championships as the American single sculler. He is an Under-23 World Champion in the men's eight.
Over the years, Stanford has produced a long line of Olympians and World Champions. Since 1952, 19 Stanford rowers have won Olympic medals, including eight gold. Schroeder is the first Cardinal rower to earn an official national team berth for 2007. 13 others are currently fighting for some of the hottest seats in the world.
'National and Olympic team dreams are nurtured here at Stanford,' said Director of Rowing and Head Men's Coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Since 2002 Stanford has had a presence on every U.S. National Team. I'm proud of Stanford's legacy and what this new crop of Stanford scholar-athletes is doing to grow it.'
'My personal national team experience was life changing and taught me incredible lessons about competing at the highest level,' said Head Women's Coach Yasmin Farooq who is a two-time Olympian and World Champion. 'We want that experience for every Stanford rower who wants to pursue it. This is just the beginning.'
Two-time World Champion and Olympian Adam Kreek ('07) will represent Canada in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta and at the World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland on July 13-15. Kreek was a member of the Canadian eight that won the World Cup stop in Linz, Austria last month. Alumnae David Banks ('05) and Jake Cornelius ('06) are competing for spots on the U.S. men's national team.
Olympians Sabrina Kolker ('05) and Sam Magee ('06) are currently vying for seats in the Canadian and American women's national team eights. Magee was a member of the U.S. women's eight that won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kolker competed in the Canadian eight in Athens and in the 2005 and 2006 World Championships.
Banks, Cornelius, Kolker, Kreek, Magee and Schroeder are all training this summer for the chance to compete at the World Rowing Championships in Munich, Germany from August 26-September 2. The World Rowing Championships serve as the first qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The U.S. team will be officially named on August 4th.
Four members of the IRA Championship silver medal eight are in contention for spots on the USA Under-23 World Championship team. Nate Rooks ('07) and undergraduates Silas Stafford, Mark Murphy and Alex Osborne are in Dartmouth, NH training for the opportunity to compete in Strathclyde, Scotland at the end of the month.
Stanford women's varsity eight members Kerry Birk, Elle Logan and Lauren Hofmayer were all invited to compete for the U.S. women's Under-23 eight, and Birk and Logan are currently training as members of that boat. Birk was a member of the American eight that won gold at last year's Under-23 World Championships. Both the men's and women's Under-23 teams will be named on July 12.
For Canada, varsity eight rowers David Creighton and Stephanie Morrison are also competing for seats on the Under-23 team.Donny Simkin ('07) is training in the men's single with the goal of representing Israel in the World Championships.