Stanford Men Set to Defend Copley Cup in San Diego
April 3, 2008
The waters of San Diego's Mission Bay off of Crown Point will be bubbling with the country's top men's rowing teams as they compete for the prestigious Copley Cup beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday. Two-time defending champion Stanford will begin the competition from lane 3 against Syracuse, defending national champion Washington and Harvard. Coach Craig Amerkhanian is excited for his team and men's collegiate rowing. 'With last week's PAC-10 Challenge presented by Windermere, this weekend's expanded Crew Classic and talk of a future elite regatta in Chicago next season, men's collegiate rowing is setting the stage for student-athletes to compete at the highest level in all regions. We are thrilled to race with the best and see where we stand in these early season races.'
The PAC-10 has dominated the Copley Cup with the conference accounting for the last eleven champions. Joining Stanford and Washington will be Cal and Oregon State in this premier event. National contenders Harvard and Syracuse will be joined by Yale, Northeastern, and Penn in pursuit of the Copley Cup. This balanced and dynamic field will ensure explosive competition from every lane on the course.
Stanford returns five men from last year's Copley Cup championship eight. (Silas Stafford, Mark Murphy, Alex Osborne, Ottavio Siani and David Creighton) The varsity eight was fortunate to have raced last weekend against tough competition from Oregon State, Trinity and Cornell. 'Each race was run in different conditions against great competition', said Coach Amerkhanian. 'Each team helped us grow and improve last weekend. We will focus on improving segments of our race each day in San Diego.' The men next race at the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores on April 19.
STANFORD MEN'S VARSITY 8
Notes: Class of 1991 alumnae Tom and Lily Beischer are the proud parents of Anna MeiLan Beischer born today in San Francisco. Anna joins brother Zach Beischer as future Stanford students.