Eight Stanford Rowers Selected to Compete in Under-23 World Championships
July 18, 2007
Eight Stanford rowers have been selected to represent the United States and Canada at the 2007 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships scheduled for July 26-29 in Strathclyde, Scotland, Great Britain.
Four Stanford men from the IRA Silver medalist eight were selected to the U.S. men's eight. Nate Rooks ('07) raced in last year's 5th place U.S. eight, and is joined this year by seniors Silas Stafford and Kevin Murphy, and sophomore Alex Osborne.
Last year's Under 23 World Champion Kerry Birk returns to represent Stanford in the U.S. women's eight, along with newcomer and sophomore Elle Logan. Senior Stephanie Morrison represented Canada in the women's four last year, and will race in Canada's eight in Scotland. Incoming freshman Lindsay Meyer, a bronze medalist in the single sculls at the 2006 FISA Junior World Championships, will compete this year in the women's quadruple sculls.
'Alex, Silas, Mark and Nate have achieved an exceptional first: four Stanford rowers in the United States Under 23 eight,' said Head Men's Coach and Director of Rowing Craig Amerkhanian. 'I am so proud of each of them and their families whose support allowed them to develop and excel'.
'Kerry, Steph and Elle have been dynamic contributors to Stanford, and this opportunity is a pay-off for all of their hard work,' added Head Women's Coach Yaz Farooq. 'We're also excited about incoming freshman Lindsay Meyer's jump from the junior national team to the U-23's. All eight of them are representing a fired-up Stanford team that will be cheering for them back home.'
'Representing the United States is very exciting, especially when seven of my fellow Stanford teammates will be competing in the regatta,' sophomore Elle Logan said. 'Making the U-23 team was a challenge but I give full credit to the training we did over the past year as Stanford rowers. I look forward to returning to Stanford and applying what I have learned over the past summer to our team. Until then I am focused on making our boat goes as fast as possible in Scotland and hopefully bringing home a medal for the United States.'
Silas Stafford stroked the Stanford boat to its silver medal performance at the IRA, and will stroke the U.S. eight in Strathclyde. 'It's been a hard summer of seat-racing for selection against some of the best collegiate rowers in the U.S., and it is truly an honor to be selected,' Stafford said. I had a lot of anxious days when I didn't think I was going to make the boat. I'm really excited about stroking the boat with three of my Stanford teammates backing me up, as well as the guys from other programs. It has been a valuable experience and we're all really excited about representing the U.S. over in Scotland.'
At the Pan Am Games, Jamie Schroeder ('05) finished fifth in the men's single. Schroeder sat in third position at the 500-meter mark before dropping back to fifth at the midway point of the race. Argentina's Santiago Fernandez, who finished fourth in the event at the 2004 Olympics, won the race in a 6:59.41, followed by Cuba's Yoennis Hernandez in a 7:04.47. Brazil's Marcelus Silva used the fastest final 500-meter split to overtake Chile's Oscar Vasquez for the bronze medal. Schroeder finished with a time of 7:13.63. Schroeder will race again in the U.S. men's quad finals on Thursday, July 19. A tight race is expected between the United States and Cuba for the gold medal.
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U.S.A 2007 Under 23 World Championships Eights Rosters
Men's Eight (M8+)
Women's Eight (W8+)