Young Rowers Step Up For Cardinal Crews At Head of American Regatta

Oct. 29, 2007

GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The younger crews of Stanford's men's and women's rowing teams gained some valuable experience this past weekend at the Head of the American Regatta, turning in some top-four finishes as well as a pair of second-place efforts.

On the women's side, Stanford's 'Cardinal Eight,' the team's second varsity eight, finished fourth behind Cal's 'A' and 'B' boats, as well as Gonzaga in the collegiate women's eight event. The Cardinal Eight raced back-to-back in the collegiate eight and collegiate four events. Stanford's 'A' four finished third in the Collegiate Fours and the 'B' four finished ninth. Those contributing to the effort included Sophie Aubrey, Di Eaton, Kelly Fero, Adrienne Fritsch, Katie O'Neil, Sonia Poltoratski, Erika Roddy, Eva Sheridan, and Lena Wolfe.

'This early experience for our younger rowers on the 2008 NCAA course is immensely valuable,' noted head women's coach Yasmin Farooq. 'The level of the Cardinal Eight is substantially ahead of last year, and I'm psyched to see that crew in the top four against other varsity rowers. The top-three finish in the collegiate four event was especially rewarding since that crew had raced less than an hour before.'

Stanford's Novice eight finished second behind USC and ahead of Cal. The all-freshman lineup included Pia Hauch, Kelly Hill, Lindley Mease, Maura Moran, Julia Thompson, Michelle Vezie, Carly Villareal, Anne Winslow, and Katie White.

'This is the first year Stanford has been able to field a competitive novice eight this early, so their second place finish is a very nice start,' Farooq added.

The 'Stanford Eight,' Stanford's first varsity eight, had the weekend off after two successful weeks on the road.

In the men's open four, Stanford finished second, third, and fourth behind the Donny Simkin led California Rowing Club, a group of Olympic hopefuls coached by former Australian Olympic coach Tim McClaren.

'We are pleased with our Frosh/Soph results in the fours,' said head men's coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Finishing behind Stanford alum Donny Simkin and the Tim McClaren-coached Cal Rowing Club is a good day's work for our Stanford Men.'

Stanford's men, women and lightweights will next race at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival in Newport, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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