Stanford Men Propel U.S. Eight To World Rowing U23 World Championship Final

July 28, 2007

Strathclyde, Scotland - Four Stanford rowers were onboard the U.S. men's eight that qualified for the A final at the 2007 World Rowing Under 23 Championships today. Nate Rooks ('07), senior Silas Stafford and juniors Mark Murphy and Alex Osborne finished third in the semifinals today and will race for medals on Sunday. All four were members or Stanford's IRA National Championship silver medal eight.

In continued blustery conditions, the British eight was first off the line and led throughout the race. The U.S. and Estonia battled side by side for second all the entire way down the course, trading places at every 500 meter mark. Estonia edged the U.S. by .14 in the final 500 meters. The defending world champions from Canada finished fourth nearly three seconds back. Spain and the Netherlands were fifth and sixth respectively. Great Britain won the race in a 5:37.01. The U.S. time was 5:38.79. Germany won the other semifinal in 5:36.70. Australia and Poland also advanced.

'When we got here things were a little chaotic and we had to overcome some equipment problems, but overall it's been an experience of a lifetime, and I can't wait to represent the U-S-of-A in the in the final tomorrow,' Stafford said.

Four Stanford women will also race for medals Sunday.

Incoming freshman Lindsay Meyer was a member of the U.S. women's quad that posted the fastest time in the heats on Thursday.

'It felt great to be able to move through all of the other boats and then be able to hold our lead,' Meyer said. 'We were very proud of our performance and are looking forward to another race and another chance to prove ourselves tomorrow.'

The U.S. women's quad will take on The Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Romania and Great Britain in Sunday's race.

On Friday, senior Kerry Birk and sophomore Elle Logan helped the U.S. women's eight to victory in the 'Race for Lanes' -- a seeding race for the A final. Junior Steph Morrison was in the Canadian eight that finished fourth after a hard-fought battle with Germany and Belarus. All four boats will compete for medals tomorrow along with Poland.

The U.S qualified five boats for the A final, and Canada qualified three. Four of those crews feature Stanford rowers.

Men's Eight Semifinal Results
(Top 3 crews in each to A Final)

Semifinal 2
Great Britain 5:37.01
Estonia 5:38.65
USA 5:38.79
Canada 5:41.75
Spain 5:47.98
Netherlands 5:58.68

Semifinal 1
Germany 5:36.70
Australia 5:40.10
Poland 5:41.85
Italy 5:42.45
Russia 5:46.21
Czech Republic 6:19.22

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