Stanford Crews Victorious At Newport Autumn Rowing Festival
Nov. 6, 2007
NEWPORT, Calif. - The Stanford rowing teams enjoyed the fruits of their labor Sunday at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, as the men swept their three races, the women scored a victory in their Open Four race, and the lightweight crew captured first in the Lightweight Eight race.
The men's crews took part in the Open Eight, Open Four, and Frosh Eight races, capturing a pair of victories. In the Open Eight race, the Cardinal held off the second-place OCC 'A' boat by four seconds, winning with a time of 14:55. Stanford took first in the Frosh Eight with a time of 15:38, besting the second-place boat by 10 seconds, then followed that up with a big 20-second Open Four victory, turning in a winning time of 16:33.
'Each race contained challenges throughout the winding race course on Newport Bay,' said men's rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Our freshmen had a fine day as did the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four. Three entries and three gold medals at the Newport Fall Regatta is unprecedented and will encourage continued training.'
On the women's side, Stanford took part in the same three races, with the 'B' and 'A' boats taking second and third, respectively, in the Open Eight race, 19 and 26 seconds back of the UCLA 'A' boat. But in the Women's Four race, the Cardinal were not to be denied, as the 'B' boat captured the race with a time of 18:17, 25 seconds ahead of the runner-up 'C' boat, and 46 seconds ahead of the 'A' boat which tied for third. Finally, in the Frosh Eight race, Stanford placed fourth with a time of 18:14, just five seconds out of second place and 22 seconds behind the winner, the UCLA 'A' boat.
'Newport gave us good weather and beautiful water for our final regatta of the season,' said women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. 'For the varsity it was the perfect set-up for us to do intrasquad competition in both eights and fours. Real racing in different combinations is always valuable at this stage and everyone learned a lot. It's been a productive fall season for the Women of Stanford.'
The Stanford lightweights took part in both the Open Eight and Lightweight Eight races, placing 11th with a time of 18:05 in the Open Eight, then capturing the Lightweight Eight with a winning time of 17:44, one minute ahead of runner-up Santa Clara.
'It's the second weekend in a row where the majority of the team has done two headraces in one day,' said women's lightweight head coach Al Acosta. 'I'm happy that we got in good training as well as good racing. I thought we came out pretty flat in the women's open race and didn't really execute. The crew went back out an hour later and went 20 seconds faster to win the lightweight race. I was also really happy to see Santa Clara in the lightweight eight event.'
Contributing to the women's effort were Kathy Altman, Sophie Aubrey, Kerry Birk, Nicole Bittler, Jen Brown, Di Eaton, Kelly Fero, Adrienne Fritsch, Bea Gordon, Alex Hasbach, Pia Hauch, Kelly Hill, Lauren Hofmayer, Cassie Kull, Maura Moran, Steph Morrison, Katie O'Neil, Sonia Poltoratski, Jessi Reel, Erika Roddy, Anne Rutherford, Eva Sheridan, Julia Thompson, Michal Trope, Michelle Vezie, Carly Villareal, Katie White and Lena Wolfe.
Contributing to the lightweight women's effort were: Erin Conlon, Krista Doersch, Sylvie Greenberg, Kate Hayes, Kathy Heflin, Alex Liptsey-Rahe, Maria Petrakis, Olivia Prevost, Olivia Trowers, Anne Winslow, and Alex Zapata.