Stanford Men's Four Highlights Rowing Performances At Head Of The Charles
Oct. 19, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - Four Stanford boats made the cross-country trip to the 44th Head of the Charles Sunday, all claiming top-10 finishes in their respective races at the largest regatta in the world. The men's four paced the Cardinal boats with a third-place finish in the championship fours event, while the women's four took fifth in its championship fours race, the lightweight eight finished seventh, and the women's eight came in tenth at the regatta.
'This preseason race sent a clear message to men's collegiate rowing teams,' said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Wisconsin is the fittest and most efficient team in college rowing at this time. It is up to all of us to gain fitness and technique between now and the spring.'
On the approximately three-mile course that snakes its way through five triple-arch bridges on the Charles River, the men's four powered its way to a third-place finish, behind only the victorious U.S. National entry (which featured a pair of 2005 Stanford graduates in David Banks and Jake Cornelius) and top collegiate finisher Wisconsin. Stanford's time of 16:13.553 fell just 1.69 seconds short of the U.S. boat's winning time, just over three-quarters of a second back of the runner-up Badgers and 1.239 seconds ahead of fourth-place Harvard.
Rounding out the performance of the Stanford fours was the women's boat's fifth-place effort in the women's race. The Cardinal women turned in the second-best performance of a collegiate boat, only finishing behind Yale in the event. Head coach Yasmin Farooq's crew crossed the line with a time of 18:32.721, 31.71 seconds back of the winning time turned in by the Roforeningen Kvik boat.
Lightweight head coach Al Acosta's charges took an overall seventh-place finish in the women's lightweight eight event, as the boat's finishing time of 17:37.505 was also the third-best among U.S. collegiate boats. The finishing time was just under 22 seconds behind top U.S. collegiate finisher Wisconsin, and slightly under six seconds back of Princeton.
The women's eight faced a competitive field in the championship eight event, crossing the line tenth with a time of 16:45.276. While the finish was fifth-best among U.S. collegiate boats, the women's eight's time was only separated by less than six seconds from Washington, the second-best collegiate boat. Yale was the top U.S. collegiate finisher in the race with a time of 16:25.331.