Frosh Eight's Temple Challenge Cup Run Ends With Semifinal Loss To Trinity College
July 5, 2008
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - The Stanford Freshman Eight's thrilling run through the Henley Royal Regatta's Temple Challenge Cup draw came to an end Saturday, as the Cardinal were defeated by two lengths in its semifinal race against Trinity College.
Despite the setback, the Frosh Eight completed a successful debut run at the Henley Royal Regatta, getting a special taste of competing internationally and rowing in front of crowds of over 20,000.
'It was a tough way to end the regatta, but the guys showed tremendous growth here in England,' said Frosh Coach Pete Giese. 'To make it to the semifinals of such a great international race is really an honor and a testament to the hard work these young men put in all year.'
'Today was a tough race for our guys,' Giese said about the semifinal race. 'Trinity was strong, composed and extremely well coached. Coach Gluckman had his crew primed to race today and they looked very strong. Our hats go off to them.'
Trinity clocked a winning time of 7:25 and defeated Stanford by two lengths in the race. Times were slowed all day as the boats had to battle strong headwinds coming down the course that gusted up to 40 mph at times.
Trinity now advances to Sunday's championship final against the University of Western Ontario.
Seventy-five boats boats entered the Temple Challenge Cup this year and Stanford made it to the final four of the draw, defeating boats from South Africa and England in the first two rounds, then scoring a memorable quarterfinal victory over Cornell, the defending varsity lightweight national champion, on Independence Day.
Stanford Frosh Eight Lineup